A show to make you laugh and cry while raising awareness and funds for mental health? It's GAME OVER!

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Come and meet Death in Limbo in this one-night-only performance of a play which faces mental distress with humour, songs and tenderness.

Skitzoid Productions present GAME OVER on Friday 26th October 2018 at 7.30pm in Liverpool's newest fringe theatre in the heart of Liverpool's theatre district on Hope Street.

18+ - Adult themes around mental distress and suicide.

GAME OVER is a black comedy musical about two men who take their own lives on the same night and compete in a game-show for the right to stay dead – It’s X-Factor meets judgement day in this unique, site-specific experience.

At the start of the play we see them arrive at ‘Limbo’, a dark place populated by lost souls (the audience) and ‘Death’, who explains that due to a clerical error, only one of them will be allowed to die – and that the other will have to go back to ‘their living hell on Earth’.

To decide who dies, both characters are forced to play a series of game-show style rounds to see who had the more miserable existence, thereby showing themselves worthy of the Grim Reaper’s scythe. As the play unfolds, game-show devices uncover the truth about each character’s back-story and ask them to explore the reasons for their current predicament.

Through music and humour, the play explores issues around depression and suicide in entertaining, thought-provoking and original ways. The game-show format encourages audience participation, and gives an honest and uncompromising portrayal of the challenges the contestants have faced which brought them to the edge of life.

The play’s writer/director Dave Bain said: ‘GAME OVER draws on my six years’ experience of working with suicidal people at the Maytree Respite Centre in London, with an emphasis on how men in particular reach this crisis point.’

'Liverpool Mental Health Consortium is committed to dispelling myths, challenging stigma, & developing creative engagement around mental health & wellbeing. We're therefore delighted to be involved in bringing this innovative production to Liverpool, addressing an important topic with humour & sensitivity.'

All profits from this performance of Game Over support Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, which supports and advocates for people who experience mental distress. The Consortium runs the Liverpool Mental Health Festival each year around World Mental Health Day. This year it takes place between 10th and 14th October at various city centre venues.

Sarah Butler-Boycott, Public Engagement & Research Lead for Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, said:'Liverpool Mental Health Consortium is committed to dispelling myths, challenging stigma, and developing creative engagement around mental health and well-being. We're therefore delighted to be involved in bringing this innovative production to Liverpool, addressing an important topic with humour and sensitivity.'

For more info about Game Over, visit: gameovertheplay.com.

Tickets: Only £8 - To book your tickets for the one-night-only performance on Friday 26th October 2018 at The Casa Theatre, 29 Hope St, Liverpool L1 9BQ, visit casatheatre.co.uk/whats-on/game-over or buy at the bar in The Casa.

For more information about Liverpool Mental Health Consortium and the Mental Health Festival, visit liverpoolmentalhealth.org

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Note for editors:

To speak to writer / director Dave Bain about Game Over, please call 07855 859753 or email gameovertheplay@yahoo.com.

To speak to Sarah Butler-Boycott, Public Engagement & Research Lead at Liverpool Mental Health Consortium, please call 0151 237 2688 or email sarah@liverpoolmentalhealth.org

To speak to Julian Bond, Marketing and Publicity Manager at The Casa Theatre, please call 07913449396 or email info@casatheatre.co.uk

IMAGES: 

Download hi-res Game Over promotional images showing:

  1. Sam Dunning as Death the game-show host

  2. Steve (Harry Boyd) and Max (Alex Harland) fighting with Death (Sam Dunning).

IMAGE CREDIT: Matthew Clay Photography matthewclayphotography.co.uk