Just experienced Liz Rothschild’s monologue on death. She says it all and wowed me with her range of experience and expertise at telling it like it is with humour and clarity in the right proportion. Long may she reign!Paula Rainey Croft
Outside the box is a life affirming, empowering and entertaining show, during which Liz Rothschild deals with some difficult topics whilst making us laugh – and pause for thought. The audience (ranging from teens to octogenarians) was held captive as Liz told her stories. There was something for everyone to learn along the way, and we were allowed to think for ourselves. Liz showed us the vast variety of ways in which people deal with death, and by doing so, gave us all permission to be ourselves.Dr Jo Withers
After 30 years as a GP the stories from Liz Rothschild’s Outside the Box struck a chord with me. The performance was entertaining and thought-provoking, and the human narratives delivered with humour and compassion. I would highly recommend it both to health workers and non-health workers alike.Dr Mary Welsh
It felt like quite a gamble for us, as a small voluntary arts centre, to book a show about death. Would people really come out to see something so grim? But we needn’t have worried. Not only did we sell out, but the show’s unusual subject matter attracted people to our venue who had never been before. And the audience was not disappointed. Liz’s performance was intriguing, moving and entertaining, exploring a subject that touches us all, but most of us prefer not to dwell on. It provoked a really lively discussion and sharing of stories afterwards, which Liz led with great skill and sensitivityCrediton Arts Centre
Outside the box, along with a death cafe I attended a couple of weeks ago have opened my eyes. I think it might reduce my subconscious fear of death to some degree to take a small part of the uncertainty out by getting my affairs sorted.Audience member
Outside the Box, Beyond the Stage and into the Therapeutic Arena?
What struck me about my experience as a member of the audience at an Oxford performance of Outside the Box was how much more this was than powerful theatre on a largely taboo subject. The interaction after the multi layered monologue, when audience members talked to each other as well as to Liz Rothschild herself, reminded me of group therapy at it’s best. Personal trauma witnessed, empathy released, perspectives extended, insights shared. Somehow a drama which might have just explored demise and disconnection also facilitated creativity and connection.Sheila Pregnall