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posted: 08 Jul 2019 -
2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe Preview | The Long Road
Shelagh Stephenson
society/company: St. Michael's Players (directory)
from: 14 Aug 2019 - 15 Aug 2019
venue: St Michael's Centre, Elmwood Road, Chiswick, London, W4 3DY


WINNER - Best Restorative Justice Play 2018 The Chris Donovan Trust

THE LONG ROAD 

by Shelagh Stephenson

EDINBURGH FRINGE PREVIEWS | 14 & 15 August

St Michael's Players' Award-Winning production is BACK!
The Long Road returns for just two nights only ahead of
its Edinburgh Festival Fringe debut

 

Our original 2018 cast return to reprise Shelagh Stephenson’s beautifully crafted characters in her stunningly poignant play for two preview performances ahead of the producion transfering to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 

The Long Road deals with the devastating effects of knife crime, and how humanity and forgiveness can help restore hope and dignity. This award-winning production by SMP Theatre is enjoying its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe this year.

When 18-year old Danny is killed in a random stabbing his family struggle to cope with the senseless loss. His mother, wanting answers, decides to contact her son’s killer, bringing them face to face, with remarkable consequences.

Topical, hard-hitting and sensitive, with moments of humour, it was written in collaboration with Synergy Theatre Project, using research conducted in prisons, and explores how Restorative Justice can help with rehabilitation.

Vi and Ray Donovan set up the Chris Donovan Trust when their son Chris was killed in 2001 in an unprovoked attack. Vi came to see the production and commented afterwards: “I was amazed how true to life this play was, the acting was superb and so accurately reflected the emotions Ray and I experienced at the time.”

Director Paul Smith: “Vi’s story of her 11-year fight to meet and eventually forgive the boys who killed her son, motivated us to bring The Long Road to Edinburgh, to help publicise the Restorative Justice process, and the great work she and Ray are doing through the Trust.”

Sian West – Justice Consultant and promotor of Restorative Justice said:
“This is a play about seeking hope and answers after tragedy, and the audience will be gripped from start to finish.”

“Wow, wow, wow. A must-see” “Beautifully performed”
“Genuine heart and hopefulness” “Very powerful”
“A thought-provoking insight into the restorative justice system”
“A superbly acted, moving and thought-provoking play”

 

Venue: St Michael's Centre, Elmwood Road, Chiswick, London, W4 3DY

Dates: 14 & 15 August
Time: 19:15 for 19:45
Ticket prices: £9 (£10 on the door)
Box office: 0333 666 3366 ticketsource.co.uk/smp

Media information: Contact Fleur de Henrie Pearce [079 6385 8819] or email [stmichaelsplayerschiswickw4@gmail.com]

SMP (St Michael’s Players) is one of London’s oldest theatre groups, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. stmichaelsplayers.org

Sources
THE FORGIVENESS PROJECT www.theforgivenessproject.com
RESTORATIVE JUSTICE www.restorativejustice.org.uk
CHRIS DONOVAN TRUST www.chrisdonovantrust.org/



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