Suhayla El-Bushra's

The Suicide

Suhayla El-Bushra
After Erdman

Oliver Dawe

The Sainsbury Theatre

Monday 12 June at 7:30pm
Tuesday 13 June at 7:30pm
Wednesday 14 June at 7:30pm
Thursday 15 June at 2pm
Thursday 15 June at 7:30pm

The running time is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes including an interval.

About the show

Things are getting tough for Sam. No job, benefits stopped and stuck in a tiny flat with his girlfriend Maya and her mum. The pressure is building. It feels like there might be only one way out.

But every ending is a beginning and there are plenty of people keen to capitalise on Sam’s momentous decision. From corrupt local politicians to social media-savvy kids, everyone wants a piece of Sam’s demise. It scarcely matters what Sam actually wants. Faced with the promise of immortality, what’s his life worth?

Suhayla El-Bushra writes for stage and screen. She was writer in residence at the National Theatre, London, where her adaptation of Nikolai Erdman's The Suicide was staged in the Lyttelton Theatre. Other stage work includes: Pigeons (Royal Court, 2013 and tour), Cuckoo (Unicorn Theatre, 2014), The Kilburn Passion (Tricycle, 2014), Arabian Nights (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh, 2017) and an adaptation of Andrea Levy's The Long Song (Chichester Festival Theatre, 2021).

Screen credits include two series of Channel 4's Ackley BridgeBecoming Elizabeth (The Forge/Starz Channel) and a short film for Film4. In 2018 Suhayla became one of 18 selected for BAFTA Elevate (a scheme made for advancing the career of experienced writers).

Oliver Dawe is a theatre director and writer based on the remote Arctic island of Ingøy in Finnmark, as well as in Oslo and London.

He trained as a director at Drama Centre London and is the founder and Artistic Director of the world's northern most artist residency centre, The Field Station. He is also Associate Director at Hackney Showroom, Artistic Director of RIVE Productions, Associate Director of PLAY Theatre Company and mentored by The Michael Grandage Company.

As director: Loretta Strong (Oslo), Subject Mater (Edinburgh Festival FRINGE FIRST AWARD), Miss Fortunate (Vault Theatre), Frau Welt (Hackney Showroom/Edinburgh Festival), Emma Sidi: Faces of Grace (Edinburgh Festival/Soho Theatre), Dead Sheep (UK Tour), Perfidious Lion (Edinburgh Festival/Hackney Showroom/UK Tour), Pufferfish (Pleasance Theatre/Royal Court), Play 11, 17, 28 ; (Vault Theatre/Hackney Showroom), Ricochet (Southwark Playhouse), Pink Confetti (London/Romania), The Dog, The Night and The Knife (Arcola Theatre), We Really Should Do Something (Bush Theatre), Cold Call (Southwark Playhouse), Little Baby Nothing (Theatre 503), After The Ball (Theatre 503), The Criminals (Drama Centre London).

RIVE Productions, Oliver’s theatre company, has produced a number of acclaimed new plays in London: The Dog, The Night and The Knife at the Arcola Theatre, Klippies at the Southwark Playhouse and Skin A Cat at The Bunker Theatre. Oliver was awarded a Michael Grandage Company Futures bursary in 2019, using it to develop his stage adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s award-winning novel The Devil and His Boy at Theatr Clwyd. Oliver also regularly teaches and directs at drama schools in the UK and internationally.

Oliver co-wrote and directed Frau Welt for which he was nominated for Best Director at the Off West End Awards, alongside nominations for Best Male and the TBC Award for productions that defy traditional categories.

Contains strong and offensive language, descriptions and depictions of death and dying, mental health disorders, sexism, misogyny, depiction of suicide & suicidal thoughts. References to racism, classism and hate speech.

Photos: SRTaylor Photography

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Oliver Dawe*

Hazel Low*

Voice Director
Sofia Jones*

Movement Director
Heriberto Montalban*

Fight Director
Sam Behan*

Intimacy Director
Asha Jennings-Grant*

Lighting Designer
Simeon Miller*

Sound Designer/Composer
Murong Li

Costume Supervisor 
Caitlyn Keaney* & Tabitha Stock*

Wardrobe Assistant
Daniella B-G* & Niamh Parsons*


Uriel Blankson

Kat Dulfer

Naia Elliott-Spence

Molly Elson

Cleo / Mandy
Ava Hinds-Jones

Councillor Brian Dawes
Isaac Jean-Meiro

Oliver John

Lucy Karczewski

Hajji / Pip
Jacob Mechan

Mahaila Palmer

Alfayd Raji

John Rice

Demetri / Issam
Moses Walsh

Sarah / Thatcher / God
Zoe Zak

Production Team

Stage Manager
Lily O’Connor

Deputy Stage Manager
Rebecca Harris

Assistant Stage Managers
George Rogers
Maia Thompson

Production Manager
Jasmin Meara-Wall

Chief LX
Erin Blake

Avery Elliott

Production Sound Engineer
Mike Fleming

Lighting Crew
Ghoti Fisher
Simon Fleming
Anya Williams

Sound Assistants
Isabel Buchanan

Construction Crew
Callum Duncan
Ronan McKenna
Enna Stephens