Did you miss Milly Thomas’ Dust, set after the protagonist’s suicide, at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe or at Soho Theatre? Let our production photo gallery be a reminder to book now so you don’t miss this award-winning one-woman play gets its limited West End premiere next month at Trafalgar Studios. Also, catch up with Milly as she misses this year’s Edinburgh in preparation.
Written using Milly Thomas’ own experience of depression and her desire to talk more about suicide and mental health in society today, Dust is very much about life, about those who remain behind after a suicide, and how squeamish we are around death.
As Alice is forced to watch the aftermath of her suicide and its ripple effect on her family and friends, she quickly learns that death changes people and that death is not the change she hoped for.
Thomas’ multi-role portrayal of Alice and those closest to her, as well as her detailed writing, resulted in her winning a Stage Edinburgh Award for Dust in 2017 and a nomination for Best Female in the Off West End Awards 2018.
Dust is directed by Sara Joyce and has set design by Anna Reid, sound by Max Perryment and lighting by Jack Weir. It’s presented by Deus Ex Machina Productions and partners with Samaritans to raise awareness of help available to those in need.
DUST runs from 4 September to 13 October 2018 at London’s Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY. Performances are Monday to Saturdays at 7.45pm, with Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3pm. Tickets are priced £15.50-£30. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Show photography by The Other Richard.
Milly Thomas is a London-based writer and actor, whose acting credits include The Feed (Amazon); Enterprise (BBC3); Quacks (BBC2); Cargo (The Arcola Theatre); Dry Land (Jermyn Street Theatre); and Downton Abbey (ITV). Thomas’ first full-length play A First World Problem opened at Theatre503 in July 2014 to critical acclaim. She was then commissioned by the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to write Piggies in 2015. Her play Clickbait opened the 2016 spring season at. Her play Brutal Cessation ran alongside Dust during the Edinburgh Fringe 2017.
On Twitter, Milly talks opens, and shares her learned tips, about making theatre and looking after your mental health.