David Richardson, who appeared in the original London runs of Peter Mulligan’s acclaimed play LOOP, rejoins the cast as the Tiny Room production prepares for new November dates on its debut tour. Check out our new gallery of behind-the-scenes rehearsal photos. Time to get booking!
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.
After its first regional date at Albany Theatre last month as part of the Coventry’s City of Culture programming, LOOP now moves Bristol’s Tobacco Factory on 6 November, Leicester’s Y Theatre on 10 November, and Brighton’s The Lantern Theatre on 16 November.
Richardson joins the touring cast of Taro Bahar, Martha Furnival and Curtis Medley. The production is directed by Joe Idris-Roberts, who, with writer Peter Mulligan, 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.
— Tiny Room Entertainment (@TinyRoom_) October 19, 2021
Addressing male suicide
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.
David Richardson, Taro Bahar, Martha Furnival and Curtis Medley are now back in the Tiny Room rehearsal room.