Audience feedback; Marooned.
By Michael Gray Griffith
Southbank Theatre, The Lawler
18 -28th September 2019
Some posts gleaned from facebook
Marooned is a fantastic play dealing with "life issues" and what it means or doesn't
mean to be a man in today's diverse world. Entertaining, funny, sad, and thoughtful. Not
to be missed!
I saw this last night. You should go. It’s thought provoking and funny and poetic and it’s
about four Aussie blokes who meet in an “in between” ethereal place after attempting
suicide. It’s beautifully written and well performed, don’t let the title put you off. Go
and see it.
“Marooned is a ballsy show. Michael Griffith is a playwright offering a brave male
voice, rare in contemporary Australian theatre.”
Marooned: brilliantly written and performed about one of the most taboo life topics -
suicide. If not for anything, this profound and confronting play sensitively provides
insight into each character's story without prejudice and judgement and allows the
audience to be a part of their individual and collective journey. The audience can relate,
rejoice, grieve and smile even at times laugh with the cast who so wonderfully portray
their characters. Humour is appropriately used to ensure the powerful message, while
humility and humanity prevail.
A definite must see - even for the faint hearted. Life is too short and precious. Go see it.
Wow! Funny and powerful!
“I think it's bloody fabulous. I was totally engrossed. Usually a fidget when I'm in a theatre, but l was just waiting with baited breath to see what the next character would say. Wondering if these lost souls would find their answer. While struggling to work out what answers they want to hear. I really loved that you touched this issue. I think this is why people don't really take people serious with suicide thoughts / threats as it's such a taboo subject they are not sure they're serious . Writing about this and putting it into such a magnificent play brings up the subject and we all discuss it ....and if we all discuss it more often when people who suffer from depression tell a friend a colleague or a loved one their suicidal thoughts they maybe listened to seriously as it won't be such a taboo subject anymore. Beautifully written while falling in love with these character's / tortured souls and im sure the audience can relate at some level either on a personal level or friends and family.. This is personally close to my heart as l have suffered depression for 7 years in the past. I was very suicidal I attempted a few times . A few years ago when I was depressed again for a short period through my divorce I thought about it a few times, but I have a rule that I always wait till the next day to see how good it is and surprisingly I do have a good day and I thank god that I never did it. And I think this is how most of those men felt .....if they could have just waited one more day just to wait and to speak to somebody. I will go so far as to say this play will save lives !Well fucking done … !!!!!
-Alicia Mann Mckirdy