Dust: West End transfer announced

DUST Production PhotosPhoto Credit: The Other Richard
Photo credit: The Other Richard

Following an award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe run in 2017, and a sold-out engagement at Soho Theatre earlier this year, Milly Thomas’ acclaimed solo show Dust will transfer to Trafalgar Studios 2 in September. It is directed by Sara Joyce, and features set design from Anna Reid, sound design from Max Perryment and lighting design from Jack Weir.

“I’ve been dead for three days.”

This one-woman play looks at the aftermath of Alice’s suicide. After battling with depression for years she comes to the conclusion that the only way to make her pain (and the suffering of loved ones around her) stop is by taking her own life – but is it really the end? As Alice stares at her cold, dead body in the mortuary, it becomes apparent that things aren’t about to go quiet for her just yet. Deciding to follow her family home, she witnesses first-hand what her death has done to them, and it triggers painful memories surrounding her illness and what led her to make this final decision.

“I am utterly thrilled that Dust is back again for more and I am beyond excited for it to transfer to Trafalgar Studios”, says writer & performer Milly Thomas. “Knowing that I’ll be back in the bodysuit soon has filled me with joy and I can’t wait to share Dust and Alice’s story with a whole new audience and take our journey further.”

Dust - Milly Thomas (courtesy of The Other Richard)_5
Milly Thomas in Dust
Photo credit: The Other Richard

I was fortunate enough to have seen the show back in February during its run at the Soho Theatre, resulting in a 5* review and this verdict: “A truly brilliant piece of theatre that dares to tackle the turmoil of depression and suicide, resulting in a moving & darkly funny play – Milly Thomas is superb.” Discussions surrounding mental health have exploded on stage in recent times, with a range of plays & musicals being created that explore a variety of aspects – most frequently these can be found on the fringe (The Bunker Theatre has been especially prolific of late), so it’s fantastic that this brilliantly written piece will be firmly ensconced in the West End where it can potentially draw in a wider audience and keep the conversation going.

Dust will run at Trafalgar Studios 2 from 4 September-13 October 2018. Tickets are available online or from the box office. If you need to talk, call the Samaritans on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org or text 07725909090.

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