FEATURED SHOW: Did you know there’s a suicide on UK railways every 31 Hours?

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Kieran Knowles’ new play 31 HOURS, about the men whose job it is to deal with the aftermath of suicides on the country’s railways, is readying for its world premiere this week at London’s Bunker Theatre, where it runs from 3 to 28 October 2017. How much do you know about the truth behind the statistics? Have you booked yet?

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) skillfully 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, 31 HOURS explores four men’s inability to talk about their emotions and the consequence of their silence.

The 31 HOURS cast are: Abdul Salis (as John), James Wallwork (Ste), Salvatore D’Aquilla (Neil) and Jack Sunderland (Doug). The premiere production is directed by Abigail Graham and designed by Andrew D Edwards, with lighting by Sally Ferguson and sound by Adrienne Quartly. It’s presented by W14Productions.

The 80-minute production runs Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with 3pm matinees on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Preview tickets this week are priced just £12, after which tickets are £19.50 or £15 for concessions, with ten tickets available per show at just £10 for under-25s.

Bios

Writer Kieran Knowles trained at Loughborough University and LAMDA and completed the Royal Court Young Writers Programme in 2008. His acclaimed play Operation Crucible 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).

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