Following award-winning, sell-out runs at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and Soho Theatre, Dust by Milly Thomas, directed by Sara Joyce, will transfer to the West End’s Trafalgar Studios (4 September to 13 October 2018).
Written using 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.
Milly Thomas comments:
“I am utterly thrilled that Dust is back again for more and I am beyond excited for it to transfer to Trafalgar Studios. Knowing that I’ll be back in the bodysuit soon has filled me with joy and I can’t wait to share Dust and Alice’s story with a whole new audience and take our journey further.”
Also in the creative team are set designer Anna Reid, sound designer Max Perryment and lighting designer Jack Weir. Dust is produced by production company Deus Ex Machina Productions and partners with Samaritans to raise awareness of help available to those in need.
Milly Thomas is a London-based writer and actor, whose acting credits include The Feed (Amazon); Enterprice (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.
Sara Joyce is a director with the Old Vic 12. She most recently directed Elsa by Isobel Rogers and The Scar Test by Hannah Khalil. She will direct Hunch by Kate Kennedy and is dramaturg for Tamar Broadbent’s Best Life both at Edinburgh Fringe. Other directing credits include Split by Emma Pritchard and Tamar Broadbent, On Raftery’s Hill by Marina Carr at Bunker Theatre (reading) as part of Damsel Develops, Bush Theatre Emerging Writer’s Showcase, Soho Young Playwright’s Award showcase, The Win Bin by Kate Kennedy, Crestfall by Mark O’Rowe, Act Without Words I; Rough For Theatre II; Catastrophe by Samuel Beckett.