Half Moon Theatre in the east end of London can usually be relied on for quality product and they are just in the middle of streaming a trilogy of filmed plays so I settled down to watch a pair of these.
Trafalgar Studios seems to be mopping up the cream of the crop of smaller space transfers. There is definitely magic in the water there at the moment, as I’m seriously pining to see both of the shows they have on: Dust and Arinze Kene’s Misty.
Not long left to see one-woman play Dust, written and performed by Milly Thomas, in its West End premiere season, which must finish at Trafalgar Studios 2 on 13 October 2018. Love London Love Culture’s Emma Clarendon caught up with director Sara Joyce prior to the critically acclaimed transfer.
It got rave reviews at Edinburgh. It got rave reviews at Soho Theatre. And now Milly Thomas’ award-winning, one-woman, post-suicide play Dust has got a fresh round of rave reviews in its West End transfer. We’ve rounded up some of the most recent review highlight – plus the brand-new show trailer – below. Time to get booking!
Are we really talking about mental ill health? Or just talking about talking about it? Are we listening – actively listening – to those in need? What stops someone from committing suicide? How much do you know about Samaritans, the world’s first-ever 24-hour helpline after 999?
Dust was very much worth the wait for me. It’s a supremely powerful piece, undoubtedly not an easy watch but a necessary one nonetheless.
Writer and solo performer Milly Thomas with the third showing of her play (Edinburgh Fringe 2017 and the Soho Theatre February this year) had the whole audience laughing every minute or so at the start with her sharp wit at the absurd situations we all find ourselves in with our circle of family, friends and lovers.
On the broader theatrical landscape, there are plenty of things opening this month! In London Eugenius! returns to The Other Palace, Milly Thomas’ Dust transfers to Trafalgar Studios 2, and Foxfinder opens at the Ambassadors.
With Edinburgh winding down for another year, Love London Love Culture selects some of the best London shows to book for in September….
As part of her ongoing post-show Q&A series, on Thursday 6 September 2018, Mates co-founder Terri Paddock returns to Trafalgar Studios for award-winning one-woman play DUST, written and performed by Milly Thomas. Got any questions?
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.
Milly Thomas is a London-based actor and writer whose solo show Dust is about to transfer to the West End, following critically acclaimed runs at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe and London’s Soho Theatre.
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).
So, there’s promise, for sure. But the fact that I can condense much of what the creative arts has explicitly offered on depression into one short blog means that there is still much more we can do.
Dust is a truly brilliant piece of theatre that dares to tackle the turmoil of depression and suicide, resulting in a moving and darkly funny play – Milly Thomas is superb.
Given that Milly Thomas’ one-woman show Dust at the Soho Theatre is centred on a young person’s suicide, there’s a surprising amount of humour contained therein.
Painful as this is to watch, Dust needs to be seen, and we need to take note of the devastation even a single death can cause, and take action wherever we can.
Dust is an extremely good production – fresh, original and with a potent spirit. One that leaves a scar, for sure.
Well, we’re truly into 2018 now and there’s plenty to see. From anarchic punk riot to classic mysteries, from Shakespeare to Dylan, and from troubled masculinity to a woman’s battle with depression. It’s such a terrific list; I can’t wait to see as many as I can.
Dust explores death from the afterlife, taking the audience through a dark tale with mountains of comedy. Debating the fine line between suicide being a selfish act or a consequence of severe depression.
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