Every beautiful thing is about creating a list of the good things in life; it has previously been a concept for exhibitions, installations and a Facebook group. In 2013 it was shown as a play at the Ludlow festival. subsequently it has toured globally and was shown on HBO December 2016. The script, can also be bought on Amazon.
I saw it Wednesday 17th May at the Crucible’s studio in Sheffield. I did not know in advance, but at the same time the play was also being shown in Paris.
The studio theatre has flexible set up, but for this show the seating was in the round which suited the high energy, interactive show brilliantly. There was one actor, ; Jonny Donahue who either plays an unnamed character or I can not remember their name. The play starts telling the story of his Mum’s two suicide attempts during his childhood, which is when he started the list if brilliant things for her. The audience are called upon to play some roles like vet, his Dad, his girlfriend. Some of the audience are also given cards to read out, items from the list and also the audience are asked to provide props such as books for a library scene. in Sheffield, one member of the audience nonchalantly provide Jane Austen’s Emma which got a laugh so I would advise when seeing show to either bring something very high brow like War and Peace or go the other way and offer a children’s book. It is a fantastic atmosphere because of the audience interaction. Don’t worry if you are not a natural performer because Jonny had a knack of picking excellent performers. Maybe they were just so good because it was Sheffield? But the vet was excellent, girlfriend excellent proposal, his former teacher and sock puppet ‘don’t know’ made a fabulous comedy double act. The Dad when called upon to give a wedding speech, aptly began lines that could apply to his unexpected performance and a wedding ‘ You don’t expect these situations but in these situations…’. The members of the audience may not do such a good job outside of Sheffield, but I’m sure each performance would e unique and worth watching – I would watch again!
Vulnerable individuals may be influenced to engage in imitative behaviors by reports of suicide, particularly if the coverage is extensive, prominent, sensationalist and/or explicitly describes the method of suicide.
Preventing Suicide – A Resource for Media Professionals, WHO, 2008
It would be making light to suggest, that people commit suicide to copy suicides in the media; evidently other factors have more on an impact on this decision. However media reports can make a difference this is called the Werther effect. Due to this World Health organization and other national agencies have created guidelines for journalists and editors. In the UK, it is the Samaritans that created these guidelines. I became aware of these guidelines due to watching the play Every Brilliant Thing. The Samaritans is a charity in the UK that can be contacted in several ways by those needing support.
Below in case anyone is writing about suicide I have included 10 tips from the Samaritan’s websites. Some tips are obvious, like you do not want to basically give instruction’s exactly how to kill self. In every beautiful thing it also made the point about saying someone committed suicide died painless or instantaneously may make some one else more likely to copy. But then, for the family members and friends you would not want to go into too much details about how the person suffered so it is difficult. In the paly it was also noted about not making the reason for the suicide too simplistic like ‘he lost his job’ because that validates other people who have lots their job to feel the same when actually the issue is probably more complex,.
Suicide reporting – 10 things to remember
- Leave out technical details about the method of suicide, such as describing the type of ligature used or the number and types of pills taken in an overdose. Never suggest that a method is quick, easy, painless or certain to result in death.
- Language matters. Avoid dramatic headlines and terms such as ‘suicide epidemic’ or ‘hot spot’.
- Include references to support groups and places where suicidal people can find help – it really does make a difference.
- Treat social media with particular caution and refrain from mentioning websites or networks that promote or glamorise suicide.
- Avoid dramatic or sensationalist pictures or video.
- Young people are especially vulnerable to negative suicide coverage. Do not give undue prominence to photographs of a young person who has died and avoid repeated use of images such as galleries.
- Try not to give a story undue prominence, for example with a front cover splash.
- Don’t brush over the complex realities of suicide and its impact on those left behind. Remember that people bereaved by suicide are often vulnerable and are more likely to take their own lives than the general population.
- Speculation about the ‘trigger’ for a suicide, even if provided by a close family member, should be avoided.
- Use statistics with caution. Check with Samaritans or the relevant national statistical agency to make sure you have the most recent data and are comparing like with like.
Role of media reports in completed and prevented suicide: Werther v. Papageno effectsThomas Niederkrotenthaler, Martin Voracek, Arno Herberth, Benedikt Till, Markus Strauss,Elmar Etzersdorfer, Brigitte Eisenwort and Gernot Sonneck published 2010 British Phycology Journal.
Every beautiful thing paly by Duncan Macmillian..
If you like knights fighting, go see Arther’s tale, if you like Alien 👽 films, watch next instalment of that. If you want to be put off holidaying in exotic locations watch Snatched; which shows you how holidays go wrong and you end up taken hostage. If you or someone else you are going with, really want to go to cinema and really do not fancy anything else or have seen everything else; watch Snatched. Go with low expections; I did. Upon viewing it was watchable and not absolutely terrible. Starts with the dilemma of being dumped, just before a paid for holiday to Ecuador and having not got anyone else to go with persuading her Mum. Then there appears to be some holiday romance …before they are kidnapped.
One of those slightly annoying plots where they keep getting caught and escaping; partly due to lack of support from authorities …hence making exotic holidays, less appealing; on top of the kidnappings themselves.It also has some female bonding and shows of female strength, so in some ways a lot in it but; somehow does not quite work. May have worked better if done as a drama due to subject master of kidnapping a and deaths rather than being a comedy.
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This weekend: review of The film Snatched starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn.
Monday: mental health awareness and review of Beautiful thing.
Next Weekend book Scavenger: what I could not find on my shelf.
Currently reading Paula Hawkins new book; Into the Water, so will post a review when finished.
Today (20th May) it is 800 years since the Battle of Lincoln which regained English throne from French King William. To mark this, today Lincoln launches a trial of Lincoln knights. I will not get there this, weekend but hopefully soon. Like doing trails like Sheffield elephants and Hull moths.
Sheffield Elephants vs Hull moths