The five-star Grand Jersey Hotel & Spa has raised more than £1,000 for Samaritans after hosting critically acclaimed play, Man in the Moon.
The play, which was written by award-winning film maker, Pearse Elliott (Man about Dog, The Mighty Celt, Shrooms), was directed by Tony Devlin of Band of Brothers fame and starred Ciaran Nolan (Man about Dog, Pulling Moves). The performances, which took place on 4th and 5th April, were organised to raise money for the Jersey branch of Samaritans and to raise awareness of the issues surrounding depression and suicide, raising £1,035 for the good cause.
‘Man in the Moon’ is an incredibly powerful play, which has allowed us to address some very serious issues. We used the opportunity to raise money for the Samaritans and to raise awareness of an illness that affects so many people in today’s non-stop society,’ said Eamonn Elliott, general manager, Grand Jersey.
The play, which is likely to be going on an off-Broadway tour of New York City in the autumn of 2014, is about Sean Doran, a man who hasn’t had the best of luck. He’s been sacked from his job, his girlfriend has left him, taken their child and he’s back living in his mother’s house. Alone, with a takeaway at the Half Moon Lake, Sean tries to make sense of it all. Over the course of one night he takes the audience on a soul-searching journey through life, love and death, via his past, present and future. An hilarious rollercoaster with a dark twist, Man In The Moon is the tender story of one man’s resolve, to overcome everything that life has to throw at him.
Boyd Bennie from the Jersey branch of Samaritans, added: ‘We are delighted that Grand Jersey chose to host the Man in the Moon as it has helped increase awareness of the serious issues of depression and suicide. The play has helped to present these issues in a personal way as well as providing an opportunity to raise much-needed funds for our charity which will be used to fund new computer and telephone equipment for the new national contact distribution system that is being introduced across all 201 branches. We wish to thank them for their support.’