Suicide Pact: New Writing at the Edinburgh Fringe
With the rise of mental health awareness and stigma of suicide put under the spotlight, this Fringe would be the perfect time to continue to highlight the rise of not only males taking their lives, but the pressure society puts on us as a whole.
That is something explored in a new piece Suicide Pact, written by Jason Goodwin Tully. Whilst we see headlines and hear breaking news about another unknown taking their life, we need to be reminded that each and every person who completes, or attempts, suicide is a person.
Jason began the project following many conversations with his gay male friends. Every single one of them had experienced depression and thoughts of suicide at some point in their lives - a fact that still shocks me.
Hoping to bridge the gap between statistics and life, Jason has created Suicide Pact, an endearing new musical about two men who meet one night on a bridge. The show brings light to the darkest of topics and offers true insight into the who, where, why questions we often have when we hear of another loss. It is done in a beautifully poignant and often humorous way but there is, of course, the serious side we can't escape.
12 men will commit suicide in the UK every day.
LGBT youth are almost five times as likely to have attempted suicide compared to heterosexual young people.
LGBT youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as LGBT peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.
Each episode of LGBT victimisation, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behaviour by 2.5 times on average.6
These figures are startling. It is so important, now more than ever, that people shed light on this national tragedy. If even one person sees or works as part of the show is helped in one way or another, then that is more than worth the effort to put this show on at the Edinburgh Fringe.
And that is something that needs highlighting. This young and incredibly talented cast and production team chose the Fringe to put on their piece. For those not familiar with the festival, this young group are competing against 3,500 shows and over 55,000 performances all vying to be seen by over 450,000 people. To stand out in that crowd can be overwhelming, especially when it is desperately important your message gets out there.
ACIDflashback Productions, the company behind Suicide Pact are generating the noise needed to cut through the thousands of other companies performing. With a series of amazing reviews, they are achieving what they set out to do. To bring life to those who are sadly no longer with us and to give a face to an ever-growing epidemic.
Tickets for Suicide Pact are available on the Edinburgh Fringe Website running until the 25th August, 7pm at the PQA at Riddle's Court.
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