Mercury tells the story of Jane, a young woman who goes missing on a camping trip. Era, her friend, struggles to cope with what has happened. Gradually Era’s memories unearth the complex relationship she had with Jane and the challenges of grieving for a friend who was never supposed to die.
Mercury is a play about astronauts, cookie dough ice cream, and the woods. About peer pressure and mental health. About what happens when you think your friend might have been murdered.
Mercury originated in workshops conducted with community mental health volunteers. In a time when 44% of people in Ireland will have direct experience with mental health issues, James felt it was an important topic to address through his writing. The testimony he gathered from volunteers now forms the basis of the play.
Director: Sophie Cairns
Assistant Director: James Ireland
The New Theatre supports New Writing with the assistance of Dublin UNESCO City of Literature & The Arts Council Ireland.
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