This is the Good Place – 9th and 10th May 2024 (Parker Library)


‘This is the good place’: Christopher + The Grave-Diggers

A (re)enactment of a play-reading of Auden & Isherwood’s The Ascent of F6 that devolves into an examination of British power and tenderness.

Thursday 9 and Friday 10 May, 7.30pm

at the Parker Library, Corpus Christi College

This specially commissioned new work, compiled and directed by theatre-maker Mia Hull and supported by the English Faculty’s Judith E. Wilson Practice-as-Research Fund, stages an all-female (re)enactment of a Grave-Diggers Society playreading on the site of the Isherwood in Cambridge exhibition. But as the group reads its selected play—W.H. Auden and Isherwood’s campy The Ascent of F6 about a group of men racing up a mountain to stop an imperialist war—it triggers an examination of where their leader’s power stems from and whom Isherwood wants to align himself with: the Cambridge society of his classmates or the surrealist world he has created with his friend Edward Upward? This experimental piece is a meditation on historical reenactment, the nature of play readings, and what radical tenderness amongst schoolfellows looks like.


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Suitable for ages: 12+ years. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.


Content warnings: death and colonial violence. For more details, contact
Presented by the Judith E. Wilson Fund
With additional funding from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge