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    Near to

    Sat 16 Mar at 9pm
    Tickets £8 + booking fee (work-in-progress)
    A best friend… a dog…some mouldy leeks… In a run-down community centre, three grieving people gather to remember someone they have lost.

    Content Notice
    Running Time 60 mins
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Relaxed Performance
    Relaxed Performance
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Content Notice
    Content NoticeThis show is partly improvised so please be aware that some upsetting themes may be addressed which aren't noted here. However, there is no lingering on distressing topics. They will only be mentioned and not enacted. Suitable for 14+
    Health Notice
    Health NoticeFood/Drinks consumed by performers,Food/Drinks given to audience members

    Get 25% off when you book more than one show across SPRINT Festival (5 - 22 March).

    'It is not as if an “I” exists independently over here and then simply loses a ‘you’ over there’ [...] If I lose you [...] then I not only mourn the loss, but I become inscrutable to myself’ - Judith Butler

    Part-cult, part-funeral, Near To explores the paradoxes of grief. 

    When we lose someone, we lose parts of ourselves. And yet within these voids there is the space to generate new stories and new hope. 

    In Near To, three people try to make sense (or nonsense) of their grief. Through sharing their stories, the mundane and fantastical coalesce into an unconventional eulogy, or rather, a fierce love-letter to life, in all its absurd variations.


    Ultimately, Near To asks how remembering and re- imagining can be tools for healing, joy and transformation.

    "A profundly generous and compassionate exploration of joyous play, fearless risk-taking, and collective storytelling, glowing with empathy and questioning assumptions about truth and identity."
    Audience Feedback
    "Absurdist comedy can divide a room but A Giant Horse's production of Near To, is too fantastic to do this, you cannot help but enjoy this blazingly hilarious production, with an insanely gifted cast that twists the play in any wild direction, it would be "
    Audience Feedback

    Tickets for Near to

    Sat 16 Mar, 21:00

    Tobi King Bakare and this theatre deserve a shout-out for such a young, diverse audience. There is so much talk about audiences being full of over 60s and why, why can’t theatres get the crowds in to reflect society in general? Well, I’m happy to say that on a rainy Thursday evening, the theatre was completely full.

    Caiti Grove on Before I Go in CPT's Spring 2023 season London Theatre Reviews