2:20AM by Rebecca Lister is a contemporary drama that tackles the subject of suicide with truth, humour and credibility. The play is based on a series of interviews with suicide bereaved community members and Lister’s own experience of losing a family member to suicide.
Over 600 people attended the inaugural season of 2:20AM in Melbourne, produced by Anvil Productions
AP has received a Creative Victoria touring grant to take 2.20AM to 8 locations – Benalla, Dandenong, Frankston, Kyneton, Mildura, Ringwood, Thomastown and Traralgon – Oct 31 – Nov 22, 2019. For this tour AP will partner with Jesuit Social Services, Support After Suicide and SANE Australia.
Our grant is excellent but, as is often the case, we need a bit more money. Funds from this campaign will go towards award wages for cast and crew, hire of a safe and reliable vehicle to transport people and equipment, accommodation and meal allowances to sustain our crew.
The benefits of touring 2:20AM is to perform in communities defined by the Victorian Government as being of greatest need, to contribute to the community conversation about suicide and to assist with community healing.
It is well documented that people bereaved by suicide often feel stigmatized, isolated and suffer from unresolved feelings of guilt. These feelings can impact upon mental health and often lead to desperate thoughts about further suicides. Both bereaved and other community members often identify that they do not have the skills to talk about their experiences.
Facilitated discussions lead by playwright and social worker Rebecca Lister and professional workers from each community will follow all performances.
It is imperative to AP that these conversations happen with the right people so the impact of 2:20AM is sustained after we have left the community.
‘It’s the character’s ordinary struggle and pain which makes this play all the more watchable and relatable.’ (audience member)
2:20AM audiences describe the work as poignant, meaningful and highly accessible. Audiences outside of inner Melbourne deserve to see quality theatre they can relate to.
AP wants to present the best possible work to audiences. They also want to provide excellent working conditions for cast and crew – safe vehicles, longer paid rehearsals so the best possible product can be developed, access to beautiful but simple lighting and sound, and enough time and money to transform local theatre spaces into places audiences feel welcomed, safe and relaxed.
Additional to this is the need to keep ticket prices affordable.
With your support you can help AP achieve this goal.
‘Don’t miss this! You might cry, you’ll probably laugh, you’ll certainly be moved by the courage and vulnerability of these characters as they struggle to make sense of their lives.’ (audience member)
To find out more visit: www.anvilproductions.com.au Facebook and Instagram.