The Parting Glass - Red Ladder Theatre Company

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The Parting Glass

12 September 2019 - 19 October 2019

Written by Chris O’Connor
Directed by Rod Dixon

Can you ever really know what someone’s going through?

Jim’s always been a bit of a character – cracking jokes, telling funny stories, the life and soul of the party. You’ll most likely find him down the pub with his mates, or at the footie. A Leeds lad through and through, just like his Dad. And what’s more, he’s met his perfect match: Sara. She’s a Leeds lass with a sense of adventure and a cutting wit, always up for a laugh.

At Jim’s 30th birthday party, they should be having the time of their lives. The world is at their feet, right? But Jim is hiding a lingering feeling that he’s not quite built for this world. Like there’s always been something wrong. Tonight, he wants to talk, to tell you his story – one he’s never told before.

Exploring mental health, masculinity and human connection in a social media-obsessed world, The Parting Glass is a moving new play (with a fair few laughs along the way) by Chris O’Connor, directed by Red Ladder Theatre Company’s Rod Dixon, and developed from O’Connor’s previous production ‘The Life and Soul.’

‘…a serious examination of important and life-changing issues… but with a fair few laughs along the way.Reviews Hub on O’Connor’s The Life & Soul

‘… a dynamic and emotive production that throws into question socialised masculinity, and the dangers of playing up to the entrenched stereotypes that leave men particularly voiceless and isolated.’ The State of the Arts

Recommended for ages 14+. Running time: approx. 1 hour. Contains strong language and themes of depression and suicide.

Performance dates, times and venues are listed below. Many performances will also include a post-show Q&A (question and answer) session with the cast and a mental health professional (details to be confirmed).

The Parting Glass: A Reflection