Distance

Park Theatre – 2018

★★★★ The Stage

‘Lucid, powerfully performed and visually compelling exploration of mental health in men’

The distance between us can grow without taking a single step.Steven, recently separated and heading towards divorce, bumps into an old friend on the journey to a job interview. A complex recent past and a fragile present collide, as Steven tries to make sense of the world around him and his place within it. We accelerate headlong into Steven’s chaotic and troubled inner life, as the everyday encounter unravels into something dark, disturbing, and unrestrained.

Following the acclaimed Out Of The Cage (Park Theatre)Fine LineAlex McSweeney, and Simon Pittman, return with this powerful contemporary story, to bring you an emotionally gripping, darkly funny, and visually dynamic portrayal of the mind.

DISTANCE is an urgent examination of mental illness, and its impact on the individual, their family, and the society around them.

★★★★ The Stage

‘Fuses elements of physical theatre with punchy realism to devastating effect’

★★★★ The Upcoming

‘Tackles a serious issue with grace, poise, boldness and fierce intelligence’

★★★★ Stage Review

‘Inventive and engrossing drama… with very funny dialogue’

★★★★ Arthur’s Seat

‘Unique, timely and intelligent’

 

 

Writer | Alex McSweeney

Director | Simon Pittman

Designer | Bethany Wells 

Lighting Designer | Dan Saggars 

Sound Designer | Alexander Faye Braithwaite

Video Designer | Ian William Galloway

Producer | Fine Line

Associate Producer | Rough Fiction 

General Manager | Celia Dugua 

Stage Manager | Kate Eccles 

 

CAST: Doreene Blackstock, Adam Burton, Richard Corgan, Lindsay Fraser and Abdul Salis

 

Awards:

Offie Award Winner for Best Set Design – Bethany Wells

Nominated for 3 Off West End Awards:

Best Supporting Male – Abdul Salis

Best Director – Simon Pittman

 

DISTANCE was developed on the Park Theatre Script Accelerator programme and was kindly supported by Arts Council England, The Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, Stage One, as well as mental health charities MindCALM and The Stuart Low Trust.