Page extent: 88
ISBN: 9781786822819
Binding: Paperback

Thirty One Hours

Kieran Knowles

Paperback (29 Sep 2017)

John, Doug, Ste, and Neil work on the railways. They won't sell you a ticket and they don’t drive a train.

What happens when you have to clean up the worst day of someone else’s life? Every 31 hours someone takes their own life on the railways in the U.K rail network. It is ten times more likely to be a man.

 Thirty One Hours explores four men's inability to talk about their emotions and the consequence of their silence.

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ISBN13 9781786822819
Binding Paperback
Page Extent 88


'Flawlessly performed ... teeming with powerful imagery about a heartbreaking issue that demands that we care' ActDrop ★★★★★

'This well-researched script works well in a mostly rapidly paced production... with the moments of comic relief contrasting brilliantly with the hard-hitting (pun acknowledged but certainly not intended) nature of the main stories. While some facts and statistics are included, the play never overdoes it, and the bulk of the show is focused instead on some engaging personal stories... An admirable play with compelling performances, this intriguing and informative production doesn’t apportion blame or offer tidy solutions to a persistent problem. The script is poetic when it wants to be, other times flowing between characters so much it requires impeccable timing and pacing, which this cast possesses in abundance.' London Theatre 1 ★★★★★

'the gallows humour, camaraderie and rapport between the four-man team, keeps you riveted to their narrative. Throughout the detailed, often graphic, exposition, audiences learn snippets about the men’s lives. But, so typical of men, the foursome find it hard to talk, bottling up their emotions until one of them can’t bear it any longer... 31 Hours isn’t for the faint-hearted. Hearing the stories behind the jumpers will leave you shocked, moved, even traumatised, but there is a lot of warmth and black humour in the group’s relationship to offset its darkest moments. Knowles cleverly keeps the play’s denouement under wraps throughout – and offers his director the chance to play Russian Roulette with the ending. 31 Hours is well-written, deeply absorbing & tackles a delicate subject with an emotional sensitivity.' Stage Review ★★★★★

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