When You Walk Over My Tomb, recounts the author's last days.After deciding to organise his assisted suicide in a luxury clinic on the shores of Lake Geneva, he plans to give his body to a young necrophiliac interned in a psychiatric hospital in London. The play alternates between the playwright's encounters with Dr. Godwin, who is in charge of accompanying him on his way to suicide, and those with the young man who is preparing to receive the author's corpse. Beyond the theme of death, the play deals with eroticism, passion and desire - three impulses that are inseparable from any experience of life. When You Walk Over My Tomb unfolds gradually as a dramatic poem celebrating the torments of love, but also as a metaphysical essay on the political status of the post-mortem body: who does a corpse belong to? Since the Greek tragedy, this question has been a constant concern in the art of theatre.
Sergio's own production has been invited to Edinburgh International Festival 2022.
Reviews for EIF performances:
THE GUARDIAN ****
‘…a funny and oddball commentary on our relationship with death.’
THE HERALD SCOTLAND ****
'A perversely life affirming piece of meta-theatrical fun'
THE WEE REVIEW ****
‘A witty, subversive and multi-layered exploration of life, death and finding meaning in both’
‘What is certain though is that When You Walk Over My Grave will leave an impression – for all the right reasons.’
THE SCOTSMAN ****
'...theatre maker Sergio Blanco creates this brilliant, disturbing show'
'As this superb, serious and witty cast guide us through the story, Blanco’s work gradually emerges as a fascinating and searching study of mortality, love, desire, and our relationship with the past'
‘It’s dizzying stuff, dense and chewy, but also delivered with a deadpan zeal that curbs any accusations of pretentiousness. Fear of death is a thread that binds every creature on this planet, but it doesn’t seem so bad through Blanco’s eyes.’
THE MORNING STAR ****
‘…the outstanding foreign production of the festival and a master-class in autobiographical theatre, or “Auto-ficion” ….Blanco alone has mastered this genre: he is able to separate artist from performer even as he maintains their sameness. This is a very significant achievement…’