Comedy is not the first thing you think of when you hear the word “euthanasia”. And yet, Canadian comedian Dion Arnold’s show My Grandmother’s M.A.I.D, which tells the tale of his ‘Geam’s’ life and eventual choice to die, is one where audiences laugh and smile from start to finish; and not because they’re sick, but because it’s a celebration of seeing life and death in a candid but comedic way.
Accompanied by a PowerPoint of photos and hilarious captions, Arnold shares his grandmother’s story, painting the picture of a driven, strong, grimly humorous woman who he continues to love and admire in her absence. It’s a relationship reminiscent of mine with my own nana, and I’m sure any audience member would feel the same, making the show all the more relatable and real. Arnold was a truly amusing narrator with an awkward but appealing demeanor and humor. He spoke with passion, had impeccable timing in his delivery, and sensitively and informatively discussed the taboo topic of the show. Simply put, he was the perfect person to do a performance such as this.
Don’t be misguided - My Grandmother’s M.A.I.D isn’t a glorification of, or advocate advertisement for euthanasia, but it does highlight the importance of free choice in life and death, and is hopeful that one day it may be a choice we can all legally make should we want to. Overall, it is a touching tribute and a hilarious hour for anyone who has a love for dark comedy and their grandmother.
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
My Grandmother’s M.A.I.D has now finished it’s season at BASEM3NT Studios. For further information on Dion Arnold, click here.
Thumbnail image via Adelaide Fringe website.
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