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Melon and Spud Productions Presents

When everyone
talks at once 

One study, five subjects and a twenty three year old man’s journey with depression. 
Written by John Corbyn
Directed by Laurel Marks
Original music by Euan McCandless
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A young man is placed into an induced medical coma after suffering for many years. Suppressing his emotions for as long as he can he is left with one final option. As the study unfolds, and memories begin to untangle, the subjects try to find a way to make sense of the reality and absurdity that blurs as the story is unveiled.

When Everyone Talks at Once investigates men’s experiences of depression and leaves depth of conversation to be had around the trajectory of emotional distress that can manifest in stages of behavioural changes.

This is a non profit production that is aimed to help raise awareness for mens mental health. As a result, all profits from the play will be going to our charity partners: 
MenSpeak Men’s Groups CICCALMInner Allies and The New Normal all of which do brilliant work to support those going through a mental health struggle.

As part of our efforts to raise awareness and support our mental health charities, selected performances will include a Q&A with our charity partners.

Director  Laurel Marks
Producer  Francesca Marago
Producer  Michael Searle
Writer  John Corbyn
Composer  Euan McCandless
Sound Operator  Matthew Ibbotson
Lighting Designer  Steve Cox  
Photographer  Peter Tyrrell
Videographer  Ben Kearney
Assistant Director Laura Melville 
Laurel Marks Director 

Laurel is a Director, Lighting Designer and award-winning Actress who trained at Fourth Monkey Training Company. She is an Associate Artist of The Jack Studio Theatre, Company Member of Arrows & Traps Theatre Company and Technical Manager at The Hope Theatre.

Credits Include: Outside by Gabrielle MacPherson (The Pleasance & The Rosemary Branch), Telo (Bread & Roses Theatre). Assistant Director on Fever Pitch (The Hope Theatre) (Best Director OFFIE Nomination), Frankenstein (Best Director OFFIE Nomination), Jekyll & Hyde Dir. Ross McGregor (The Jack Studio Theatre & Mill Studio, Guildford), Kes (Best Director OFFIE Nomination), Lifeboat, Invisible Man, Cinderella, Precious Little & Wolves Are Coming For You (Best Director OFFIE Nomination) Dir. Kate Bannister (The Jack Studio Theatre)

Euan McCandless Composer

Euan is an accomplished and diverse musician working in multiple styles and forces. Originally from Sutton, Euan’s love for music began in his youth. A talented composer, he has completed work for solo piano, piano and solo instruments, SATB choral work, original compositions for a four piece pop group as well as working as an arranger and orchestrator.

His work is exploratory in more than musical terms, inspired by composers like Feldman and Xenakis, covering themes in geometry and perception. 
Euan recently worked alongside Colin Guthrie on specially composed music for Coram Boy by Jamila Gavin adapted by Helen Edmundson which received four star reviews in London and at The Minack Theatre in Cornwall.

John Corbyn, a note from our Writer...

Writing and researching helped drag me from my darkest moments during my first depressive state. It helped me recognise what I was going through was real, understandable and ok. But more importantly it made me aware that I was not alone. I truly believe that this play can help people in exactly the same way it helped me and I am so grateful for any and all support in putting these words onto the stage for people to see.
Francesca Marago  Actor /Subject A

Francesca is a London based actress and voice over artist who trained at The Oxford School of Drama and later went onto study Drama and Performance at The University of Portsmouth, where she graduated with a 1st Class Honors degree.

Theatre Credits include: Coram Boy (Tower Theatre & Minack Theatre), I like You (Tower Theatre), Six Characters in Search of an Author (Tower Theatre), Alice in Wonderland (Rose Theatre), Element Soup, London’s Calling, Just The Job & From the Heart (Questors Theatre).

Film & TV Credits include: This England (Sky Atlantic), Rewired (Met Film School), The Other Side (Farnborough University), No Land Bird (University of The Creative Arts), Blister (Broken Bricks) and Prophecy of Souls (Broken Bricks).

Francesca has also won awards for best actor in her roles in Short Films Blister (Broken Bricks) and Prophecy of Souls (Broken Bricks) both of which were part of Comic Con London’s 2017 film festival.
Rebecca Stomberg Subject B

Rebecca is a Swedish actress based in London. She trained in contemporary and classical acting at the Actors Studio Stockholm and in the Chubbuck Technique at the Ivana Chubbuck Studio in Los Angeles.

Other credits include: Between a Man and a Woman (James Arts Productions), Katitzi (Reginateatern), A Doll's House (Actors Studio Stockholm), A Vampire Story (Riksteatern Länk), Romeo and Juliet (Kulturama) and A Midsummer’s Night's Dream (Actors Studio Stockholm).
Bethany O’Halloran Subject C

Bethany is a Suffolk and London based actress with roots in Ireland and a recent graduate from The Oxford School of Drama.

Credits include: Let’s Try This Again (Canada Water Theatre), Zero (BBC Films), Stanley's War (BBC Video East). Other credits include Don’t Ever Change (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and The Irish Foundation Show (The Abbey Theatre) in Dublin. She recently starred in a commercial for Sky & Virgin Media.

Dan Plumb Subject D

Dan is a London based actor and recent graduate from Drama Studio London.

Credits include: Blister (Etcetera Theatre), Loveplay (Drama Studio London), Macbeth (Drama Studio London), Three Sisters (Drama Studio London), The Changeling (Drama Studio London) and Frank (LLISI Productions).

John Corbyn Subject E

John is a London based actor, writer and theatre creative from Worcestershire. He graduated with a 1st Class Honors in Drama and Performance from The University of Portsmouth.

Theatre credits include: Tears of Laughter (Seven Dials Playhouse) and a multitude of short films such as David French is a Piece of Shit and I want him Dead directed by David Van Heusden (Dovetail Films). This will be John’s debut play as a writer and is thrilled to be able to bring it to the Playground's stage to share with you all.

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For more information about the venue and our Health and Safety policy, please see our your-visit page.
8-11 FEB | 7.30pm
11 FEB | 3pm (relaxed matinee)

9 FEB | 3pm 
(Schools/educational performance) 

Post show Q&A

The New Normal Charity & TNN Boys Talk - 9th | 3pm 

MenSpeak Men's Groups CIC - 9th | 3pm and 7.30pm

Inner Allies - 8th & 10th | 7.30pm

MenSpeak Men's Groups CIC - 11th | 3pm 

The New Normal Charity & TNN Boys Talk - 11th | 3pm 

The New Normal Charity & TNN Boys Talk - 11th | 7.30pm 
Running time: 90 mins
Interval: 15min
Recommended for 14+
Tickets (All unreserved)

General Admission £20

Concession £16

Tenner £10
(Equity tickets, limited to 5 tickets per performance) 

Access for All £16
Note: Please contact boxoffice@theplaygroundtheatre.london to issue your complementary ticket for a carer/companion/friend

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