20:40, David Kerby-Kendall’s new play looking at one man’s mental health over twenty years, gets its world premiere at London’s Omnibus Theatre, running for 12 performances only from 4 to 16 June 2019, with a press performance on 6 June. Time to get booking!
Like an all-consuming fog, depression has invaded Michael’s mind. And, like many of us, he uses humour to put a plaster over his ever-increasing suffering so that only he knows it’s there.
Set on two evenings, twenty years apart, Michael, at ages 20 and 40, recalls the pivotal moments and people in his life; from Daniel, his soulmate and first love, to Jennifer, the outrageous girlfriend who becomes the distant wife. 20:40 is a study of one man’s irrepressible lust for life, fighting a disease he will always refer to as The Shadow.
In the two-hander, author David Kerby-Kendall stars as Michael at the age of 40, opposite Alastair Hill as Michael at 20.
David would like to dedicate 20:40 to everyone who has fought mental health issues. He hopes that his play may bring another tiny piece of understanding about this devastating condition and bring everyone together without the need for stigma or label.
The premiere production of 20:40 is directed by Julie Osman, joint artistic director of the theatre collective Freathy Tippett. It has set and costume design by Sorcha Corcoran, lighting by Steve Lowe and sound by Yvonne Gilbert. It’s presented by Alex Pearson Productions. Caroline Lowe is stage manager.
David Kerby Kendall‘s acting credits include: Half Moon (London/Europe Tour); Private Lives (Leicester); Abigail’s Party (Birmingham); Cuckoos (Southwark Playhouse). He became the in-house writer for Heartbreak Productions in 2009, has since adapted five of David Walliams’ children’s books, (Mr Stink, Ratburger, Billionaire Boy, The Midnight Gang and Gangsta Granny) for numerous national tours. His second independent play, The Moon Is Halfway To Heaven, was produced at Jermyn Street Theatre and his first novel The Rainbow Player (the coming-of-age story of a gay Premiership footballer), was published in 2017.
Alastair Hill‘s credits include: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2; Saturday Night Fever (UK tour); Sasha Regan’s All-Male G&S Iolanthe; Dreamboats and Petticoats (UK tour) and The Dreaming, The Fix (Union Theatre).
Julie Osman‘s other recent directing credits include: The Secretary Turned CEO (Edinburgh Fringe); City Girls (Jermyn Street); Caring and Sharing (Southwark Playhouse); Theatre Uncut (Theatre Delicatessen); Voicing, Salty Sarah (FreathyTippett/ Tête à Tête Opera Festival); Eros and Psyche (Arcola Theatre/ Grimeborn); also, as movement consultant, Agrippina (English Touring Opera/Britten Theatre/tour).
First day of rehearsals for #2040ThePlay, which coincides with #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek. Our play, cast and creative team are all supporting #mentalhealth, and are all wearing our green ribbons with pride, and hope you are too #itsoktotalk @mentalhealth 🎭 pic.twitter.com/2sqGnzMAAS
— Alex Pearson Productions (@ProducerPearson) May 13, 2019