A note from Producer Rohana Hayes:
Local, good news stories about suicide are rare, but this play is one of them.
His name was Guy May and 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 first reaction, too heavy. But then I read it, now I’m it’s 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 less than two years we have travelled this idea from three stages in Victoria to here.
For our first season, I booked a small theatre in Prahran and put the call out for four actors. I asked all who were interested to read the script before auditioning. I wanted them to make sure they were ok with the material. They were more than ok. They were mad for it. Over several weeks they rehearsed in living rooms, often not together because of conflicting work schedules, and then together we put it on.
The only marketing we had was word of mouth and it worked. Not only did we start filling up but the audiences especially men, raved.
After every show Michael was mobbed with people congratulating us for being brave enough to be honest. And all of them urged us to take the play everywhere.
Then Andrew Thompson, the manager of 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.
Suicide prevention is an endless war and endless wars need new weapons. That’s what this play is, for not only is it a beautiful and important piece of theatre, but it opens people up, especially men, and gets them talking.