Metal Rabbit Productions In Association With Park Theatre Announce The World Première Of WE'RE STAYING RIGHT HERE

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Metal Rabbit Productions In Association With Park Theatre Announce The World Première Of WE'RE STAYING RIGHT HERE

Metal Rabbit Productions in association with Park Theatre present the world première of Henry Devas' debut play, We're Staying Right Here, a black comedy exploring issues of male depression and suicide. Jez Pike directs Tom Canton, Danny Kirrane, Daniel Portman, who plays Podrick Payne in Game of Thrones and Liam Smith. The production opens at Park Theatre on 1 March, with previews from 26 February, and runs until 23 March.

'You're not trapped in here... you just wouldn't last five seconds out there.'

Everything was ticking along just fine for Matt. Stand-up comic. New father. Nice bloke.

Then the war started and Matt's world changed.

Now, hidden away in his boarded up flat, Matt, Tristabel and Benzies spend their days bantering about life, comedy... and Paul Newman. With the pressure mounting to keep what's out there from getting in here, one thing becomes clear. Matt must escape. The others want him to. They won't shut up about it. These days, they won't shut up about anything. If only Matt could make up his mind about what his role in this war is going to be.

Writer, Henry Devas, said today, "I'm over the moon to have my debut play premiering at Park Theatre this spring. The play's aim is to explore the experience of depression and the issue of suicide amongst men whilst finding comedy and humour within one of societies darkest themes.

Having experienced depression personally and with suicide being the number one killer of men under 50, I believe it is imperative to encourage discussion surrounding this silent, and in many cases invisible, epidemic. Through taking a unique approach to the subject, we hope to increase awareness and understanding of this legitimate illness, whilst attempting to remove the stigma that absolutely still exists."

We're Staying Right Here marks Henry Devas' playwriting debut. His credits as an actor include The Mousetrap (St. Martin's Theatre), The Winterling (Theatre by the Lake) and Bedroom Farce (Harrogate Theatre/Oldham Coliseum Theatre).

Tom Canton plays Tristabel. His theatre credits include The Country Girls (Chichester Festival Theatre), Richard II (Almeida Theatre), The Hook (Royal & Derngate Northampton) and Wuthering Heights (Gate Theatre, Dublin). His television credits include Wasted.

Danny Kirrane plays Matt. His theatre credits include Jerusalem (Royal Court Theatre/Music Box Theatre), As You Like It (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), A Little Hotel on the Side (Theatre Royal Bath), Three Sisters (Young Vic), Romeo and Juliet (UK tour) and The History Boys (National Theatre). His television credits include Wasted, Critical and Trollied; and for film, Peterloo, Fubar, Ravers, The Hatching, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Walking on Sunshine.

Daniel Portman plays Benzies. His theatre credits include The Collector (The Vaults), Black Watch (Barbican/Scotland tour) and Philoctetes (Òran Mór). His television credits include series regular Podrick Payne in Game of Thrones.

Liam Smith plays Chris. His theatre credits include Howard Barker Double Bill (Arcola Theatre), Seagulls/Every 20 Mins (Bridewell Theatre), More No Still (Print Room), Air Around Us, Hacked (Theatre503), Old Times, The Winterling, Waiting For Godot, Dracula and Knives in Hens (Theatre by the Lake).

Jez Pike is the Director of Productions at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich. His theatre credits for the company include Hayfever, Nell Gwynn, Swallows and Amazons, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Jerusalem, King Alfred's Kitchen and Quality Street. His other theatre credits include: The Winterling, Not About Heroes, The Shape of Things and Knives in Hens (Theatre by the Lake), Sex, Lies & Serial Killers (Theatre503) and Janis (Theatre503/Edinburgh Festival Fringe).



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