Beautiful People is the final part of Ridiculusmus’ trilogy of works transforming complex mental health issues into witty and accessible theatre. In an age where death and grieving are being medicalised out of existence, Beautiful People strives to reclaim humankind’s last taboo from eradication in a paper-fine portrait of a love triangle cursed to eternal life – without eternal Youth.
Libidinous centenarians Violet, Norman and Arthur are doomed to enact a slo-mo ballet of sadness. Amid fumbling, daily rounds of coffee, call centres and cat food, their rants, dribbles, pills and cough bombs litter an ambling blend of symbolist mysticism and synesthesia that has the fear of an ageing world population in its sights. It oozes with the relentless positivity of elderhood and good deaths.
“First sad, then funny and then sadder still. The bawdy humour prompts giddy– or is it guilty?– laughter. Brilliant skits .. as thoughtless as they are thoughtful, pity and laughter rise up as one” The Guardian