Cleaning up after tragedy. 31 Hours lined up for The Bunker Theatre

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 UK rail network. It is 10 times more likely to be a man.

‘100 years ago the biggest killer of young men was war, now they kill themselves.’

John, Doug, Ste and Neil work on the railways. They won’t sell you a ticket and they don’t drive a train… 31 Hours, coming to London’s Bunker Theatre this October, is the story of four men who clean up the aftermath of rail suicides.

It is about the slippery reality of mental health and the inability to communicate issues.

Writer Kieran Knowles (Operation Crucible) skilfully interweaves the story of the men who clean up after incidents with those who are driven to take such desperate measures.

It is an analysis of the choice and an exploration of the consequences.

Filled with humour and humanity it explores four men’s inability to talk about their emotions and the consequence of their silence.

Kieran Knowles trained at Loughborough University and LAMDA and completed the Royal Court Young Writers Programme in 2008.

His debut play Operation Crucible, was first performed at Finborough Theatre in 2013 then returned to Finborough two years later before transferring to the Sheffield Crucible, opening Daniel Evans’ final season.

31 Hours runs at The Bunker Theatre from October 3-28.

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