Amplify Theatre presents ‘Breathing Corpses’ and ‘Tommy’; a double bill raising awareness of male suicide at Norwich Theatre Royal’s Stage Two on the 1st and 2nd of March.
Suicide rates in men are at their lowest in 30 years, however men are still three times more likely to commit suicide than women. Between the years of 2015 and 2017, 187 men in Norfolk took their own lives, compared to 64 women.
“It’s such an important issue to be raised in the community,” says Amplify Theatre artistic director Izzy Cutler. “We really hope with this production that we can reach out to people who need help and show them that it’s okay – that there are other people who feel what they feel.”
Hoping to start a discussion in the local community surrounding male mental health and suicide, the stigma-breaking evening starts with ‘Breathing Corpses’ written by Laura Wade. The play begins with the discovery of Jim, found dead in a hotel room. The story then traces back, exploring the reasons that drove him to suicide in the first place. ‘Tommy’ written by Sebastian Garbacz, a current UEA student, makes up the second half, and explores the eponymous character as he grows up, struggling to deal with a strange disconnect from his emotions and the people surrounding him.
The two plays work together seamlessly to present a heart-breaking, moving and honest portrayal of the struggles of dealing with mental health in our society. With ‘Breathing Corpses’ written in 2005 and ‘Tommy’ written this year, the evening also aims to explore how attitudes may have changed in the last decade and a half.
Amplify Theatre is a new amateur theatre company started this year by UEA Drama graduate, Izzy Cutler. The company aims to use theatre to highlight political and social issues, battling through a haze of British awkwardness and emerging with unashamed expression.
Tickets for the production are now on sale, however with only two performances availability is limited. With both plays performed each night, see two plays for the price of one.
£10 full price / £6.50 concessions.
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