The title of the play comes from a wonderful 1965 Peanuts cartoon when the great philosopher Linus says “I have heard that it is better to light a single candle than to curse the darkness”, only for always-angry Lucy to shout “You stupid darkness!” at the night sky.
For me, this play is about optimism, it’s about human connection and it’s about hope. Because no matter what’s happening and how bad things are, without hope we have nothing.
It’s why people venture into war zones and the aftermath of natural disasters to rescue others, it’s why we keep trying to achieve our goals even though all seems lost.
I wanted the characters to develop a special bond that demonstrates how much they care for each other, even under the most difficult of circumstances. The play really underlines the importance of talking, listening and connection to help us combat mental health issues. It all seems very pertinent today in a post-pandemic world where our emotional wellbeing is increasingly in focus.
I have huge respect for the Samaritans and the work they do, so ahead of the Wednesday performance on 29 November, I’ve invited Croydon Samaritans to do a short presentation on their work along with a Q&A. It will run from 7.15pm – 7.45pm.
This will be open for Wednesday night ticket holders and for anyone who’d like to attend just for that half hour.
If you’d like to come along to the Samaritans session but don’t have a ticket for the play, please reserve a free ticket here so we have an idea of numbers.