"As long as there is love in our hearts there will always be hope and no matter how hard it tries tragedy will never extinguish hope."
                                                                 ~Michael Gray Griffith

A huge thank you to WGCDR Kylie Graham

For having the vision and determination to push this project 

To Monica Vella MS for making all this happen.

And to all the others who have helped to bring Marooned here.

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Gregory Caine

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Daniel Hurst

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Rohana Hayes

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Chris Grant

Three years ago a mature aged actor, Guy May left a note on his bedroom door apologizing to his house- mate for what they would find. A short time before this he’d messaged a few friends stating he was thinking of leaving. One of them was me. When I received the message, at two in the morning, I was on the phone to another friend who had just been told their cancer was terminal. Instead of calling Guy, I told him to call the support services.

 

After hearing the news that Guy was gone I completed a play that had been in my head for years. It poured out. A Boroondara resident I was what was called an emerging playwright and I wrote it in two days.

 

The first person to read it was my producer Rohana. We run the Wolves Theater company. When I told her it was a suicide prevention play she said, sweetly, forget it, do you have any idea how hard that would be to market? But after she read it she looked up and said, we have to put this on.

 

 From its first showing in a small theatre in Prahran to here it has been a remarkable journey.  Without any initial marketing the small theatre began to fill through word of mouth. Since then The MTC has had us in their Lawler Theatre and we have been toured to the towns of Sale, Corowa and Yarrawonga.  Our next town is Colac. We were also invited to stage two shows for the Australian Defence Force. Now we are being considered by them for a tour of several of their major mainland bases.

 

And now Rio Tinto are about to fly us to Gladstone in Queensland to stage the play for their management. If the play is well received it will be brought back to Gladstone for a season and maybe a tour.

So what is the play about?

 

Four souls, one woman and three men are Marooned in a waiting room in the afterlife.

They have no connection other than they have all tried but failed to take their own lives. They don’t know how they survived, but as time slowly passes they not only begin to yearn to go home but begin to fear that they haven’t survived. This fear and this want manifest into a hunger to live. 

 

But despite this hunger they are still here. Maybe there is something in this room that they must do or address before the gods will send them back. But what? The only thing in here is each other.  

 

The play really resonates with people. It’s surprising funny, warm and moving.

So what is the play about?

 

Four souls, one woman and three men are Marooned in a waiting room in the afterlife.

 

They have no connection other than they have all tried but failed to take their own lives. They don’t know how they survived, but as time slowly passes they not only begin to yearn to go home but begin to fear that they haven’t survived. This fear and this want manifest into a hunger to live. 

 

But despite this hunger they are still here. Maybe there is something in this room that they must do or address before the gods will send them back. But what? The only thing in here is each other. 

 

So why does the play work? Because even though it’s set in one room, it doesn’t shy away from the issues, instead the four characters travel through the darkness in search of the dawn and take the audience with them.

 

Afterwards people feel uplifted and often hang around for ages wanting to talk and this positive conservation is what we and many feel is deeply beneficial.

 

Rohana 

Producer 

0425 854 942 

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