The Dead Boat On Wheels


The Dead Boat On Wheels is a performance that talks about death, in order to be able to celebrate life”

The Dead Boat On Wheels follows a fictional story, but based on real events and the research of an arts facilitator that worked in the Palliative Care. It opens questions up surrounding death. What is dying? Are we scared to talk about death? Has modern medicine distanced the human species from our rituals surrounding death? Is the fear of nothingness the new way of fearing hell? Are you scared to die?

The Rue Theatre is an international community theatre company opening its doors to the public as part of the Bath Fringe Festival this year. Founded by Maggie DeRue, a theatre maker and facilitator who finds her roots in The Netherlands, The Rue Theatre focuses on performances that address current issues and dilemmas, for by and with the community. The Bath-based company also specialises in reminiscence theatre, arts in health workshops and intergenerational projects.

‘The Dead Boat on Wheels’ debut at Bath Fringe, 31st of May Maggie DeRue, founder & creative director of The Rue Theatre, said: “We couldn’t be happier to meet our audiences in Bath as part of this amazing arts festival. It has been an incredible journey so far, from our smashing Kickstarter campaign to the creation of The Dead Boat on Wheels, with a growing international community surrounding and supporting the work of The Rue Theatre. The Dead Boat On Wheels is a gritty performance that talks about the medicalisation of death and the power of reminiscence. We think it is essential to open up the conversation about death in order to celebrate life.”

Performance dates: 31st of May 8pm, 6th of June 6pm & 8th of June 8pm
£7 (Full Price), £5 (Concessions), £3(BSU students)

To find out more about The Rue Theatre or The Dead Boat On Wheels, visit:

The Dead Boat On Wheels is supported by and in partnership with the Theatre Academy of Maastricht (The Netherlands) and Bath Spa University.

Bath Fringe Festival
Burdall’s Yard
7A Anglo Terrace

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