Why do so many plays about depression and suicide miss the spot? Because they’re not written from a perspective of real, lived experience, says Monty Jones. Watch this incredibly open and honest video from Jones about how he came to writing new black comedy Schrödinger’s Dog from “the absolute pits of depression” released his creativity and kept him alive. Time to get booking!
The premiere of Schrödinger’s Dog, running from 23 October to 3 November 2018, returns Break a ‘Verse to London’s White Bear Theatre, where they had their debut hit with Mouldy Grapes in September 2017. The darkly comic look at the epidemic of male suicide with an LGBTQ+ slant is written by and stars company co-founder Monty Jones and directed by Dom Riley.
Hugo wants to kill himself. Well, that’s not true. He doesn’t really want to die, he just doesn’t want to exist anymore. It’s complicated. Well, it was complicated, then he accidentally kidnapped a pizza delivery boy and now things are really complicated. Schrödinger’s Dog follows a man on the edge as he’s slowly forced to take seven people hostage who all have the potential to save or destroy him.
Schrödinger’s Dog is an anarchic, dark comedy exploring the difficulty of seeking help in a world where men aren’t supposed to cry and millions are stuck on waiting lists. Jones is joined in the cast by Lindsay-Anne Barnes, Aaron Phinehas Peters, Lynne Jefferies, Dominic Weatherill, Rowena Bentley, Ella Hunter-Clark, Luke Francis and Break the ‘Verse co-founder Ellie Sparrow.
Schrödinger’s Dog runs 23 October to 3 November 2018 at the White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Road, London SE11 4JD. Performances run Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm. Tickets are £13 (concessions £10). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
“There are many ways to react to being depressed… Eating pasta with your hands whilst listening to Joni Mitchell… numerous unnecessary purchases… or you could write a play.”
Monty Jones explains why he opted for the last (with blasts of Joni Mitchell as well). Increasingly, there are good, honest approaches to depression and suicide onstage, he says, but also too many that miss the spot…
About Break the ‘Verse
Break the ‘Verse are a new writing theatre company co-founded by recent East 15 graduates Ellie Sparrow and Monty Jones in a wine-fuelled stupor two years ago, created with the idea of ‘telling stories that don’t get told’ in as anarchic a fashion as possible. Mouldy Grapes, their Arts Council-funded debut, premiered at the White Bear Theatre in September 2017. MyTheatreMates blogger Ian Foster (aka Ought to Be Clowns) described the “assured production” as “a sparklingly witty debut for this young company” with others remarking “on the evidence of this show this won’t be the last we hear from Break the ‘Verse – indeed I am interested to see what comes next…”