Local good news stories about suicide are rare, but this play is one of them.
His name was Guy May. When we received the dreadful news Michael saw the entire play in his head. Within two days it was written. He first showed it to me, the Wolves Producer and said, it’s a Suicide prevention play. My reaction, too heavy. But then I read it, now I’m its Producer.
In our hearts and souls suicide is a dark grey colour, even black, making it very difficult to sell, but Michael has sent these four characters into this darkness and found colours I never knew were there.
Instead of being heavy and despairing, or worse, false and preachy the play tackles this subject seriously while using some of our greatest qualities; humour under stress, empathy and courage to deliver a brave story full of hope.
In under two years we have traveled this idea from three stages in Victoria to a partnership with Melbourne Theatre company, if we do well there, this play could travel far and do good.
While promoting Michael’s successful play “The Magnolia Tree” a major theatre wanted to meet us. The woman who ran the space asked Michael if he had anything else and he started pitching her this play which was only in his head. She very quickly shut him down, stating,
“There is no point writing plays for men, because men don’t care. Only women buy tickets.”
I think this was a blessing as it saw Michael write the play in two days.
After several weeks of rehearsing in living rooms, often not together because of conflicting work schedules, the actors hit the stage and through Word of mouth alone we filled up. Audiences especially men, were raving.
Nightly Michael was congratulated for being brave enough to be honest and they urged us to take it everywhere. Then Andrew Thompson, from The Wedge Theatre in Sale came and loved it so much he booked it for a night. To prepare for this show we put the play on again. And again, we filled up. Now we are heading to The Lawler.
In short, it works.
Four souls are Marooned in a room in the afterlife.
They have no connection other than they have all tried but failed to take their own lives.
They don’t know how they survived but as time passes they begin to yearn to go home and fear that they won’t. A fear and a want that manifests into an insatiable hunger to live. But despite this hunger they are still Marooned.
Is there something that they must do or address before the gods will send them back?
If so, what? The only thing they have in this room is each other. “
Your generous Donations will be used to help pay for the production at The Lawler.
Our goal is to get a suicide prevention organisation to see firsthand the power of the piece and that this play can be used by them as a weapon in the Suicide Prevention fight.