To Sleep – Preview

Published On January 2, 2014 | By Jo Sutherland | Theatre & Arts Reviews & Previews

Marlborough Theatre
Thursday 30th January 2014

Madam Renards & TS Theatre present To Sleep at The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton. Two strangers slowly and subtly bond during a night in A&E. She’s a brash and cocky seventeen year old girl. He’s a worn out middle-aged man. Both are bleeding from the wrists. Both have failed their attempts at a final goodbye. Although at their lowest points in life, an unexpected and unusual friendship blossoms between the pair, as they both look for a way out of the world. The awkward silences are sporadically broken by outbursts of inappropriate humour and this play should pull on your heart strings, whilst prompting the occasional guilty giggle and wry smile.

Covering one night in the lives of two star-crossed suicidals, To Sleep is a brand new play by Matt Fox, fresh off the West End and now embarking on a UK tour. The play explores how people deal with the most difficult human situations. The play explores how relationships can develop between different people no matter how appalling their shared experiences might be. Despite dealing with the rather depressing theme of suicide, the tragedy is laced with dark comedy, and the sensitive and uncomfortable subject matter is treated with compassion and tenderness. There is truth and sensibility within Fox’s tight script, which boldly deals with the practicalities of ending a life. Don’t let the rather dismal content put you off – there are waves of warmth and light in the otherwise cold and dark night. Tragic but beautiful, To Sleep is a powerful and heart-wrenching production, but its tenderness should warm your heart as it breaks. This original British drama, performed by two stunning actors, will stir up tears – of both laughter and sadness.

About The Writer

By day, Jo is a senior public relations professional. By night, she’s a writer. Jo initially trained as an actor at East 15 but she discovered her inner-academic five years later when she decided to study a BA in Arts Management. Jo graduated with a First and was subsequently lucky enough to secure a scholarship for a Master’s Degree in Creative & Critical Writing at Sussex University. This enabled her to do three things; 1) improve her writing skills, 2) embrace student life again / regress mentally, 3) move to Brighton! The move was only supposed to be “temporary” but she fell in love with the city. Having spent four years working in broadcast and digital PR, Jo now works for Magenta, a Brighton-based PR agency – and she began writing for as soon as she moved to the coast. Jo has a strong background in theatre, acting and creative writing. As an aspiring playwright, her primary interest lies in new writing theatre and Jo has spent the last five years exploring the London and Sussex theatre scene. And - in her spare time - she’s writing a sitcom.