Die! Die! Die! Old People Die!



Ridiculusmus has been producing innovative and accessible theatre for over 25 years. The company’s Co-Artistic Directors, David Woods and Jon Haynes, have established the company as a unique and unconventional UK performance group that works nationally and internationally. Featuring original thought, comedic skill and minimal resources, the company’s work is both serious and funny. It has been commissioned by venues including the Barbican, National Theatre, Royal Court, Soho Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre and Arts House, Melbourne.

Die! Die! Die! Old People Die! explores our perceptions of elderly people. Woods and Haynes, two remarkable performers, inhabit the roles of an older couple. Their life is a surreal series of agonisingly slow journeys from one point to another with fumbling, daily rounds of coffee, rants, dribbles, pills and coughing fits. Made with empathy, the show faces our fears of growing older and celebrates age, death and grief as being normal parts of life.

Die! Die! Die! is in Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

In the press

"The most consummate performers, extraordinary clowns whose physical skills constantly force us to pay attention because they are so consciously present" Witness Performance

"An exemplary reminder that the highest accolades we give to comedy are couched in the language of pain" The Sydney Morning Herald

Production details

  • Writer

    Jon Haynes and David Woods
  • Devisor

    Jon Haynes and David Woods
  • Director

    Jon Haynes and David Woods
  • Designer

    Romanie Harper
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight


    1 flight case (3 metres x 1 metre x 1 metre). 60 kg

  • Touring Availability

    From November 2019
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    3m x 10m
  • Text-based

    Light (very little or no text)

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    TechCube, Summerhall 1 Summerhall, Edinburgh, EH9 1PL
  • Production dates

    13–18 AUGUST and 20–25 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    60 MINS
  • Audience capacity




Informal post-show discussions, death cafes and stand-alone sessions as appropriate that build a temporary community with the potential to discover new ideas on death, loss, ageing and grief.
Panel discussions with experts drawn from a global network of psychologists, psychiatrists and bereavement counsellors.
Professional development workshop called How to be Funny, the premise of which is that all of us are funny and all of us can develop this quality if we choose.

Additional productions

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland is a four-hander about a family in crisis. The audience is divided in two while two sections of the play run concurrently on either side of a wall.
Give Me Your Love is seriously funny play about a man in a box who suffers from PTSD and his friend outside the door who tries to help him.
In addition Ridiculusmus is theoretically able to tour any of its back catalogue (see www.ridiculusmus.com).