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Best Before End


Photograph by Hugo Glendinning.
2013 – 2015

This is what happens
when you fall down slowly.
As you must.
This falling will feel a mix of fast and slow.
In the end it will be just a quick quick slow.

Best Before End is a darkly comic performance that contemplates the inevitable frailty of the human condition, set in the moment before everything changes. Objects transform as the performance evolves, with Helen Paris navigating a minefield of the unspoken with only some cryptic crossword clues, the hokey-cokey and BBC football scores to guide her.

As with all Curious shows, Best Before End starts with a question: “Can you ever say all the things that need to be said before it’s too late?” Best Before End is about failing and falling with a touch of fermenting. It’s about finding the right words when the words are hard to find.

Best Before End is written by Helen Paris and directed by Leslie Hill, with music by Graeme Miller. Commissioned by Colchester Arts Centre and Escalator Live Art with support from Norwich Arts Centre and Chelsea Theatre. Supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

For more information on this project download the touring pack or contact Cat Harrison at

Date Title Venue City
30 April 2015 Best Before End Project Arts Centre, Live Collision Dublin
21 April 2015 Best Before End The Performance Centre, Falmouth University Falmouth
30 July 2014 Best Before End Warwick Arts Centre Coventry
26–28 March 2014 Best Before End Chelsea Theatre London
31 May 2013 Best Before End Norwich Arts Centre Norwich
22 May 2013 Best Before End Colchester Arts Centre Colchester
Photograph by Hugo Glendinning.