Edge

This short play deals with the issue of teenage suicide and is in support of Childline.A young man is on the roof of a tower block. He steps on to the parapet, possibly preparing to jump. At that moment a young woman appears and starts speaking to him, causing him to pull back from the edge. Over the next thirty minutes or so they talk about what’s caused him to consider suicide and he opens up to her in a way that he has not done to anyone else. He wonders if she is a counsellor specially trained for this sort of thing. She seems too young and obviously has serious issues of her own, although the young man is too wrapped up in his own problems to pick up on hers. In their discussions, the woman is very matter of fact about what would happen to him if he had jumped, describing the effect on his body of hitting the ground at high speed. She doubts that he really intended to jump and almost dares him to do so.Emily-Grace Hyland, who plays the young woman, gives a completely realistic performance as someone who has suffered greatly in the past and never fully recovered. Her mood changes instantaneously from cheerfulness to a bitter hatred of all men and then back again almost as quickly. Joseph Bader, as the young man, is more restrained. He seems to be someone who hadn’t really thought seriously about suicide until that moment and then ended up on the roof almost by accident.A thoughtful play and a very worthwhile cause.

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The Blurb

A tower block roof: A young man on the edge. A young woman looks on. This emotionally charged play deals with the difficult subject of teenage suicide. Performed by National Youth Theatre members in aid of Childline. www.evolvetheatre.co.uk

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