Earlier today we spoke to leading Australian playwright Michael Griffith and we have to say, he gets it. He completely gets it. That push that tips men over the edge, and the hope that can be found within the bonds of men.
We’ll be joining Michael on the opening night to say a few words about the challenges that separating men, suicidal men face.
Initially launching in Melbourne (1-12th Nov 2017), we hope to later have the play tour Australia.
A powerful, funny and full frontal attack on the epidemic using the hope that is found within the bonds of men. After finding themselves stuck on the way to the after life, four worn out Australian men discover that their individual suicide attempts have miraculously failed. But as time slows and hindsight drags in a renewed hunger to live, these men come to believe that in order to return home life expects them to do something first. But what?
Incredibly this play is not bleak. It is entertaining, funny, powerful, real and while nurturing it also rams home,on a very personal level, how great our current loss is. And this is important for in order for it to work it has to survive on word of mouth. We don’t claim that the play has the answers, rather it poses more questions, and is a fresh nut cracker in the battle to open men up.
Once it was written the play was vetted through two readings and several readers in order to see if it both resonated with men and achieved its greater goal of being an anti suicide play.
The idea for Suicide Row came from a staff-room. The writer Michael Griffith works with men, the majority of who are in a demographic with a high suicide rate. Yet in over thirty years there hasn’t been one. These men don’t sit in the staff-room having Dr Phil moments. Instead they piss fart around and within this joking every manner of problem is thrown around, and while being given a ribbing, it is as a rule treated with respect.
In a politically correct world that doesn’t make sense, it works. Using that atmosphere as a base the writer was able to write a play about four men who have committed suicide.
And the answer so far has been yes. After both the readings men opened up and talked freely, it’s been quite overwhelming. But we do feel this play is more than just a play. It could be a great tool in the fight against suicide.
Written to be easily toured we are planning to see it touring the country. After each performance an impromptu forum could be held where either a representative from one or more suicide prevention organistions would be there. Meaning the play could be used to keep the issue in the spotlight. To help with this Michael has set up a fund.
Suicide Row runs
Weds- Sat 7.30pm Sundays 4pm