Paines Plough and Theatre Royal Plymouth present
You Stupid Darkness!
by Sam Steiner
“I just think it’s, you know, important to look at the good things that are happening as well.”
Everything’s been falling apart for a while now. In a cramped, crumbling office four volunteers spend a few hours every Tuesday night on the phone to strangers telling them everything is going to be ok. As the outside world disintegrates around them, Frances, Joey, Angie and Jon teeter on the edge of their own personal catastrophes. Their hopes and fears become entangled as they try, desperately, to connect with the callers and with each other.
An urgent play from Sam Steiner about the struggle for optimism and community amid the chaos of a collapsing world.
★★★★ “Sam Steiner makes us beam as the world burns… When everything is falling apart, in the world or in our own private apocalypses, this hilariously bleak show suggests it might just be alright, so long as there’s someone there to listen.” The Guardian
★★★★ “Desperately funny… a work of extraordinary observation and overflowing empathy… a moving, original, and ultimately hopeful production.” The Stage
Recommended for ages 11+. Please note this show contains strobe lighting. There are also indirect references to suicide and scenes that some audience members may find distressing. Please contact box office for more information.
Amy Jane Cook
Company Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Production Photos by Ali Wright
Rehearsal Photos by Ali Wright
How can grassroots activity and the arts challenge the Climate Crisis?
Tuesday 4th February, after the 7.30pm show
In Conversation with Hannah Martin. Co- founder of Green New Deal UK, a group set up to support and build the movement for a Green New Deal, a ten-year national action plan to tackle climate breakdown in a way that improves peoples’ lives and builds a fairer, more democratic society and economy. Free with a ticket for the show.
Hannah will be joined by Lucy Latham, the Arts Council England and Policy Programmes Lead for Julie’s Bicycle. Lucy joined Julie’s Bicycle in 2013 to work with key cultural actors in the UK and internationally, delivering research, training, consultancy and advocating for the strategic integration of environmental and climate action within the cultural economy. Lucy works across Julie’s Bicycle’s Policy and Cities programme, focussing on the role of culture in driving urban transformation, convening cultural and environmental stakeholders in cities.
Read more about the Green New Deal UK, in an interview for Dazed Digital: https://bit.ly/2FOrpAj
Saturday 8th February, after the 3pm show
In conversation with Jordan Brookes, Winner of the 2019 Dave’s Edinburgh Comedy Award, and Sam Steiner.
Saturday 15th February, after the 3pm show
In conversation with Samaritan Volunteers, on their experience.
About Central London Samaritans
As the founding branch of the organisation, Central London Samaritans has been providing non-judgmental, emotional support for people who are struggling to cope for over 65 years. Our volunteers are available around the clock, every single day of the year. Our 400 Listening Volunteers responded to over 90,000 calls for help via phone and Email, support over 4,000 contacts face to face, help over 2,000 of London’s most vulnerable people, including the homeless, the LGBT + community, those bereaved by suicide and people in prison. Our schools and university outreach programme raises awareness with over 200,000 young people and by working with businesses we are able to support and promote mental well-being. We have never closed our phone lines or our door to our callers since opening in 1953.