Knock and Run Theatre is set to spark conversation about men’s mental health in the return season of their award-winning production “Suicide, Incorporated” in late March 2019. After an outstanding reception to the company’s first production of the dark comedy in 2016, Knock and Run are collaborating with Newcastle Theatre Company to re-stage the show as a part of their Indie Season, in hopes of reigniting the discussion about suicide prevention.
The play “Suicide, Incorporated”, by American playwright Andrew Hinteraker, follows Jason who lands a job at Legacy Letters, a company that specialises in writing suicide notes. Unbeknownst to his employer, Jason has a secret agenda to get their clients to reconsider taking their own lives, however he must do so without losing his job.
Cast members James Chapman, Phillip Ross, Carl Gregory and Cooper McDonald are all returning to their roles, with newcomer Ned Keogh entering the role of Tommy.
Director Patrick Campbell, who was nominated for a CONDA for his direction of the 2016 production, says “It’s been fantastic to reunite with the team on a play that’s very dear to all of us. A great opportunity to further develop the production, with four fifths of the original cast, and we’re excited to have Ned on board to bring a new life to that role.”
After the return Newcastle season, Knock andRun hope to tour the work around regional New South Wales. Producer James Chapman says “Suicide is a real problem in Australia, particularly in regional communities. It’s the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44, and men and Indigenous people in particular are at a greater risk. We want this play to open up the conversation about mental health and reduce the stigma around getting help.”
Knock and Run’s first run of “Suicide, Incorporated” won Best Dramatic Production at the 2016 CONDA awards, and received nominations for Excellence by a Director (in Drama or Comedy) and Excellence in Lighting Design.
The return season of “Suicide, Incorporated” will mark Knock and Run Theatre’s sixth production, with more 2019 productions to be announced soon.
DATES FOR THE DIARY
28th March 7pm, 29th March 7pm, 12pm 30th March, 8pm 30 March.
Tickets are $20 and available online via NTC’s website or at the Box Office.