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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: The Promise; Camden Comedy Club

23 November, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

OVER-60s theatre company SilverSage has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help stage a play about Charlotte Hough, a Camden resident imprisoned in the 1980s for her involvement in the death of an elderly neighbour.

The Promise tells the story of how Hough, an illustrator of children’s books who died in 2009, became a cause célèbre for the campaign to legalise euthanasia after she was prosecuted for helping Annetta Harding fulfil her wish to die while living in sheltered accommodation in Primrose Hill.

With support from the participatory theatre company Spare Tyre, SilverSage Theatre is raising cash to fund the project ahead of a showing of the play at the New Diorama Theatre in February and other venues throughout 2018.

Some members knew the individuals involved, and, as they looked into the story further, decided that it was a story of not only local, but political and social significance, raising important questions about the issue of assisted dying.

“This story is a very complex tale where the long arm of the law reaches into a caring act and the division of justice, morality and the law becomes blurred,” says Vicky Lee, a member of the company who both lived and worked as a dentist in Primrose Hill for 45 years.

“It is a tale of a compassionate woman who steps above and beyond her own religious and moral beliefs and helps a frail, blind and pain-ridden old lady to bring about her self deliverance.”

More details at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-promise/

• THE Camden Comedy Club’s third birthday gala takes place tonight (Thursday) at the Camden Head, Camden Town, with MC Mae Martin and a line up that includes Garrett Millerick and Marcel Lucont. More details on 020 7485 4019.

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