I can’t get out of my mind the idea of touring two new, one-act plays I’ve seen recently – Jane Upton‘s All The Little Lights and Kieran Knowles‘ 31 Hours – as a double bill.
Bleak statistics show that a person commits suicide on Britain’s rail network every 31 hours and, as we learn in the play, for every fatality there are another three people who attempt to take their own lives. That number is a sad reflection on our time and forms the fabric of Kieran Knowles’ new play.
Kieran Knowles’ insightful show focusses not on those who moan about the loss of life, but on those whose job it is to clean it up, remove all trace and get the railways up and running again.
This latest play by Kieran Knowles is brought sharply to life in Abigail Graham’s brutally honest production.
Peter Morgan’s Frost/Nixon receives its regional premiere in Sheffield Theatres’ 2018 season, along with the world premiere of Chicken Soup. and major revivals of The York Realist, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Caryl Churchill’s Love and Information.
Kieran Knowles’ new play 31 HOURS, about the men whose job it is to deal with the aftermath of suicides on the country’s railways, is readying for its world premiere this week at London’s Bunker Theatre, where it runs from 3 to 28 October 2017. How much do you know about the truth behind the statistics? Have you booked yet?