Every 31 hours, someone takes their own life on the railways in the UK rail network. It is 10 times more likely to be a man.
‘100 years ago the biggest killer of young men was war, now they kill themselves.’
John, Doug, Ste and Neil work on the railways. They won’t sell you a ticket and they don’t drive a train… 31 Hours is the story of four men who clean up the aftermath of rail suicides. It is about the slippery reality of mental health and the inability to communicate issues. Writer Kieran Knowles (Operation Crucible) skilfully interweaves the story of the men who clean up after incidents with those who are driven to take such desperate measures. It is an analysis of the choice and an exploration of the consequences.
Filled with humour and humanity it explores four men’s inability to talk about their emotions and the consequence of their silence.
Cast to be announced.
Produced by W14Productions.
Trained at Loughborough University and LAMDA and completed the Royal Court Young Writers Programme in 2008. His play Operation Crucible which was first performed at Finborough Theatre in 2013 then returned to Finborough in the main slot in August 2015 before transferring to the Sheffield Crucible opening Daniel Evans’ final season.
W14 Productions was launched in 2014 by Producer Annabel Williamson and with a focus on new writing. Recent productions include Jam(Finborough), The Brink (a co-production with the Orange Tree), The Late Henry Moss and Upper Cut (Southwark Playhouse).
The Bunker is an Off-West End theatre housed in a former underground parking garage in London Bridge. The space has been transformed from its original abandoned state into a unique 110-seater studio theatre to house plays, musicals, dance, music, and a host of other performances. With four concrete pillars marking out the thrust performance space, an eclectic mix of audience seating on three sides of the stage, and a snug bar tucked into the corner of the venue, The Bunker has a unique character of its own. The Bunker believes in theatre with purpose, providing a home in which ambitious artists can share their work with adventurous audiences. The relationship between audience and artist is at the forefront of the work that The Bunker programmes, and this interaction extends beyond just the performance itself. The doors to The Bunker open an hour before a show so audiences can grab a drink, find a seat, and explore the space of the theatre. The Bunker also plays host to a variety of post-show events that are inspired by the main house production, including dance responses, plays in development, and spoken word pieces. The Bunker is a place to pitch up early and to stay late into the night, where you can be entertained but also have the opportunity to discuss and debate what you have seen that night.
World Premiere of
by Kieran Knowles
Tuesday 3 to Saturday 28 October
53a Southwark Street,
Previews:Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday 3-5 October
Tuesday -Saturday evenings at 7.30 pm
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
matinees at 3.00pm
£10.00 Under 25
(10 tickets per performance)
Running time 90 mins
Suitable for 12+