After success at Camden Fringe and London’s Lion & Unicorn Theatre in 2019, Peter Mulligan’s acclaimed play LOOP returns with an autumn tour that launches with a performance next month at Coventry’s Albany Theatre as part of the City of Culture 2021 celebrations.
It’s closing time at the local pub. It has been another day of the same for the barman Chris who needs an escape. The night is far from over, though, as he is visited by some of the pub’s regulars. All feeling like disappointments in their own lives, they embark on a lock-in of raised glasses and lowered expectations.
This raw, thought-provoking piece of new writing grapples with some heavy themes, including an honest exploration of depression and suicide.
LOOP opens at Coventry’s Albany Theatre on 9 September 2021, before touring to Bristol’s Tobacco Factory on 6 November, Leicester’s Y Theatre on 10 November, and Brighton’s The Lantern Theatre on 16 November.
— Tiny Room (@TinyRoom_) August 24, 2021
The Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report 2019 stated that the highest suicide rate in the UK was for men aged 45-49. Male rates remain consistently higher than female suicide rates – most notably, five times higher in the Republic of Ireland and around three times higher in the UK overall.
LOOP is an exploration of mental health and the balancing act that is the human condition; each character desperately needing to get beyond self-medicating with drink and drugs.
“The audience is left to decide who is right” – ★★★★ Michael Davis, Breaking the Fourth Wall
The play debuted as part of the Camden Fringe Festival in 2018, with reviews calling it “conversational, intriguing and at times poetic”. It then transferred for a full run at London’s Lion & Unicorn Theatre in January 2019.
Audiences can expect humour, wit and compassion from this fresh new writing; with a talented, energetic cast, it is a piece of new theatre not to be missed.
Writer Peter Mulligan and his producing partner and director Joe Idris-Roberts graduated from RADA in 2015. They formed Tiny Room, their multimedia production company, in 2018 in order “to take our careers into our own hands and create the work we wanted to see”. LOOP marks their debut tour as a company.