52 Souls

Chronic Insanity’s 52 Souls is a series of monologues that correspond to each indiviudal playing card (plus one Joker) along the subject of death and mortality, all in an hour. This is certainly an ambitious concept, but the fact that the show is randomly generated means we don’t necessarily hear ever monologue and that the door is open to come back again and again.

Worth watching if only for the possibility to mediate and contemplate more on mortality and death in a safe space

Using different mediums, we are told snippets of stories from different perspectives. At times the connections to death are clear, sometimes it’s more subtle but this shows the extent that death and the concept of mortality touch everyday life. The monologues are incredibly varied and take a different approach that is unexpected in that they don’t necessarily create a sad or depressing atmosphere that we would usually associate with the subjects at hand.

This show is interesting and provides some food for philosophical thought. Worth watching if only for the possibility to mediate and contemplate more on mortality and death in a safe space.

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Humanity has both a morbid curiosity and an instinctual repulsion when it comes to death. Over the next 50 minutes we'll find out which is stronger. Although it's something we'll all go through, death is one of the least understood parts of the human experience, so Chronic Insanity is diving into the deep end. 52 Souls is an open and fun examination of death and our reactions to this terrifying inevitability. Using a pack of cards, the audience randomly generates a performance to understand humanity's obsession with – and ignorance about – death.

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