Produced by W14 Productions and directed by Abigail Graham, The World Premiere of 31 Hours by Kieran Knowles is at The Bunker Theatre from Tuesday 3rd October to Saturday 28th October, 2017. Press night Friday 6th October at 7.30pm.
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.
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).
World Premiere of
by Kieran Knowles
Tuesday 3 to Saturday 28 October
Press night Friday 6 October at 7.30pm
53a Southwark Street,
London, SE1 1RU