Until Death Do Us Part

Created by Julie Magnaudet, The Pitch 2023

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After 20 years of tumultuous marriage and one deadly car crash, Jenny and Marc arrive in death and must decide whether to stay married or not. The story opens with Jenny arriving in this strange space first, soon followed by Marc - who always takes her sweet time. At first unsure where they are and what has happened to them, bickering in death just like they did in life, they'll soon realise what's really happening. The occurrence of what seems to be a receptionist that vanishes and reappears without much logic, helps them learn that their wedding vows mean that they do not need to stay married in death. Without any strings attached now, no kids or house or anything, what will they do? Is there still love there? Can they go back to where they where? Does love and attachment die with us or follow us in death? What lessons can they take from life? This is a story about learning to love again and remembering where we come from.

Biblical Connection

This story was inspired by a quote from Matthew 16:19: "I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” I found this quote very inspiring as it made me think - we often get so caught up in the moment and can forget why we are where we are, and why we've made some decisions. So, I thought what happens after? What happens when we put it all on hold? What if death offered us a moment of peace to stop and think? Does everything that applies in life also applies in death? Or does it offer us a fresh start? The story of Jenny and Marc tackles these questions - mixing humour, fantasy but also the dramatic story of a failing marriage, we can all learn something from them and their deaths.