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Sidelined ( aka Suicide Row)
The Wolves Theatre Company
It's difficult to write about suicide in an entertaining way. It's difficult thing to write about men’s issues these days when nearly no one else is doing it. It's difficult to present a work that is engrossing and captivating and yet devoid of any frills, relying simply on it’s own elegant merits. Michael and the four extraordinary actors playing have succeeded beyond belief. -Alf Albini
The souls of 4 men have been sidelined in a sub-layer of the after life. They have been stuck here for ages & despite having all their suicides registered as failed attempts they are confused & frustrated. Are the Powers that Be ever going to send them back or in all this silence is there some challenge they are expected to face before being allowed to go home? Sidelined, (AKA Suicide Row) is a revolutionary play aimed at men that tackles one of society’s most difficult issues from a fresh angle. A comedy, though not black, it is dramatic but not heavy and while it does convey a powerful anti-suicide message it never preaches instead it celebrate the beauty of men. Many have applauded it as beautiful even uplifting. The catalyst for writing the play was the death of actor, Guy May. After having it vetted it was staged in a new venue in Prahran. Unable to attract any mainstream media we knew we would have to rely on word of mouth and this is what happened. By the end of the two week season we were pulling full houses. Thanks to men who came to see it we are already taking bookings for men's group & are in talks with a documentary producer who wants to film any tour we organize.
History & background
The Wolves are a new company presenting contemporary & marketable Australian plays aimed mostly at the 40+ demographic. As a passionate group of mature artists we are on track to become a vibrant theatre company who survives on word of mouth. This is why our philosophy is, the audience is the most important person. In 2017 we staged 2 new bold pieces both well received, and we have 3 new plays ready to join them in 2018. One a brilliant comedy to be staged in May. In order to be artistically & economically viable we need to capitalize on each play's momentum which is why touring is essential.
Marketing selling points
Suicide is an ongoing problem therefor the fight is also ongoing. This play has already proven it could be a great new tool in the fight to save lives. Check audience feedback in the Drop Box for evidence of this. People, especially men, love this play. The play's ultimate marketing tool is its unfolding story. See DP. Another marketing angle is that a Doco producer is planning to shoot a fly on the wall style road trip doco. Details DP. The 3rd tool is the growing audience feedback; Check DP . The 4th tool is the social media video ads and images which we can specifically tailor to suit
Key audience and marketing notes
Although a powerful anti suicide play it is a stand alone solid piece of theatre. It has great dialogue, characters and conflict mixed with mystery and comedy. This is why Andrew Thomson has booked it for Sale as have Full House. The target audience is men and the response of the men who came to see it was humbling. We had many in tears but it was a good cry. They shook the hands of the actors and writer while urging us to take it further. We also had both survivors and people who had lost loved ones to suicide there who spoke positively about the play. This we believe will help market it.
Community Engagement activities
We are not set up to offer workshops etc however if there is a group in the area that wants to come and talk about their organisation we are open to see how we can incorporate this with the show.
What is this?
|Theatre formats||Black box, Flat floor, Hall|
|Bump in (hours)||2|
|Bump out (hours)||2|
There are many blackouts throughout the play used to signify the passing of time. We require either one main central light that is used as a figure overhead. We can also use spots. Minimal amount of these needed is 4.
1 microphone, audio desk for sounds of atmosphere that runs through the play and music for the end and start.
The set is bare apart from a row of chairs. This can be a long bench too. There are no technical warnings. There is talk of a very faint smoke machine.
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 8 metres||Height: n/a|
|Depth: 5 metres||Wing space: 1.5 metres|
An 8 seater people mover or the like with a roof rack for 4 seats or a bus. The production could travel by plane and pick up the seats on location.