Bittersweet tale at Lemon Tree

THE critically-acclaimed drama on the contentious issue of assisted suicide, An Instinct for Kindness, is to make its Aberdeen debut in the Lemon Tree on Friday, June 1, on its first UK tour.

It is written and performed by Chris Larner, who accompanied his chronically ill ex-wife to Switzerland’s Dignitas clinic and came home with an empty wheelchair and a story to tell . . . a story which won critical acclaim and a Fringe First Award at its Edinburgh Fringe premiere last year.

The moving and bittersweet tale is told without sentimentality through his candid, poignant and sometimes comic performance, as he explores both the profound personal implications and the wider ethical issues of the subject.

A writer, actor and director, Chris played the firefighter Clingfilm in the TV series London’s Burning but his stage work includes Alice in Wonderland (RSC) and Wind In The Willows (National Theatre).

He has written extensively for comedians and his Edinburgh shows include high-praised musicals

The Translucent Frogs of Quuup (Guardian Best Musical Award 2004) and On the Island of Aars (nominated for five MTM Awards, 2008).

Tickets for An Instinct for Kindness are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.