LONDON – This spring, Fledgling Theatre presents the world premiere of brand new comedy Neck or Nothing this spring, as part of Pleasance Theatre’s You Will Know Their Names new writing season before transferring to Greenwich Theatre Studio.
The play takes a close look at the often underreported issue of men’s mental health, following self-taught inventor Jens as he obsesses over creating the most important technological advancement in history: a giant suit to fight bears. But Jens’ attempts to achieve his dream and become what he views as the masculine ideal aren’t living up to expectations, and things start to spiral with his ever increasing obsession and isolation.
A surrealist comedy inspired by the 1996 cult documentary Project Grizzly, Neck or Nothing examines the dangers of mental health left unassisted and the difficulties of men coming forward to ask for support or help. For this production, Fledgling Theatre has also partnered up with CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) to help further the conversation around men’s mental health issues, including PTSD and depression.
Co-written and co-directed by Callum Cameron and Chris Neels, Neck or Nothing will featured James Murfitt, Katy Daghorn and David North. Says co-writer and co-director Callum Cameron: “We are thrilled to bring Neck or Nothing to Pleasance and Greenwich theatres this spring. Neck Or Nothing is a poignant, off-beat comedy presented with the same unique, surrealist humour of many of our previous productions. It explores the themes of escapism, trauma and the fantasies we construct to deal with them. It’s Robocop meets Flowers.”
Neck or Nothing plays at the Pleasance Theatre from 23rd April to 4th May, 2019 and Greenwich Theatre Studio from 7th to 11th May 2019. For more information and tickets, visit their website here