Ephemeral Ensemble take a look behind the curtain to private loneliness and depression in a sensitive and timely exploration of suicide. In a universe where theatre is life and life is a dream we find Harley and Pedro, two performers doing whatever they can to help each other through their show night after night.
Offstage uses playful stagecraft, physical theatre and original music to capture the joys of the two performers when they’re onstage and struggles when they’re out of the spotlight.
Ephemeral Ensemble has been working closely with PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide), L.A.S (Life After Suicide) and David Mosse, Professor of Social Anthropology at SOAS. A recent report from the Samaritans states that suicide is the biggest killer of people under 35 in the UK.
Co-director Ramon Ayres says, “Unfortunately, it is still a taboo to talk about suicide. When we tell people what our show is about, people often have strange reactions, they seem not to be sure how to take it. On the other hand, we have had really close friends sharing for the first time how they have been affected by suicide, how unusual and liberating it feels to openly talk about it. It has been life-changing to work on this project and talk to people who have contemplated suicide and suffered alone and people who have gone through the heartbreak of losing a loved one to suicide - these people were the true inspiration to us.”
Offstage is on at Waterside on Friday 15 March at 7:30
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