The Guardian Weekly - 2021-11-26


Die! Die! Die! Old People Die!

Culture Books

At 120-something years old, it’s not that the couple in Ridiculusmus’s aggressively titled show won’t work together, but that they are trying so hard and can’t manage it. With their communication withering, the humour is at once gutting and giddy. I took my grandma, then in the beginning stages of dementia, none of us yet knowing how quickly it would steal bits of her. She laughed and nodded throughout, recognising the comic tragedy of old age. A few years on, I see the echoes of the show’s dysfunction in reality, as its themes prevent our family from working as I feel it still should; with grandma looking after us, rather than the other way round. Kate Wyver


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