The five-star Grand Jersey will next month host a critically acclaimed play, Man in the Moon, which was commissioned to address the serious issues of depression and suicide.
The play, which was written by award-winning film maker, Pearse Elliott (Man about Dog, The Mighty Celt, Shrooms), is being directed by Tony Devlin of Band of Brothers fame and stars Ciaran Nolan (Man about Dog, Pulling Moves). The performances, which take place on 4th and 5th April, have been organised to raise money for the Jersey branch of Samaritans and to raise awareness of the issues surrounding depression and suicide.
Tony Devlin, director of Man in the Moon, which is likely to be going on an off-Broadway tour of New York City in the autumn of 2014, commented: ‘Although it is a heavy subject matter, the irony is that Man In The Moon is a riotous comedy from beginning to end that has the audiences roaring with laughter, brought to tears and back to laughter again, with a very important message of hope and survival at its centre. Pearse penned the play as recent statistics show that almost as many people have died from suicide in Northern Ireland since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement as were killed during the entire Troubles – a really worrying statistic.’
‘I am delighted to welcome Pearse, Tony and Ciaran to Jersey. Man in the Moon is an incredibly powerful play, which addresses some very serious issues. We wanted to use the opportunity to raise money for Samaritans and to raise awareness of an illness that affects so many people in today’s non-stop society. The play has received great reviews from The Irish News, Belfast Telegraph and Irish Theatre Magazine amongst others, ’ said Eamonn Elliott, general manager, Grand Jersey.
The play 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 has chosen to host this play. It will help to raise a number of serious issues as well as provide an opportunity to raise much-needed funds for our charity. We wish to thank them for their support.’
Tickets for the play, which starts at 7pm on 4th April and 7pm on 5th April, cost £27.50 and are available from Grand Jersey, telephone 01534 722301. The play contains strong language and is recommended for those 15 years and above.