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Who’s up for some repressed rage, entrenched isolation and compacted bowels? CALM is delighted to announce a new collaboration within the arts, with hit play This Will End Badly coming to London this January.

Following a critically acclaimed sell-out run at Pleasance Edinburgh this August, This Will End Badly transfers to Southwark Playhouse for its London premiere for four weeks from 12th January. It stars Ben Whybrow (Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man), whose performance is described as “heartrending, callous and funny by turns…as unsettling and brilliant a performance as you’re likely to see this year.” (Fest magazine).

Repressed rage; entrenched isolation; compacted bowels. Staring deep into the destructive ego of the modern man, Rob Hayes masterfully dissects the world of relationships, defecating and surviving in this testosterone-triggered tragi-comedy. Collaborating with critically acclaimed director Clive Judd, Hayes injects dark humour, candid observation and arresting imagery to confront our existing understanding of masculinity at blistering pace.

To further raise awareness of the issues facing men, This Will End Badly will host post-show discussions with CALM and a panel of celebrity influencers, the first of which is to be held on 18th January. Plus, CALM supporters get a £2 concession when they buy tickets entering the code ‘Miseryguts’ at the checkout. 

This Will End Badly Writer Rob Hayes said:

“I’m thrilled to be working in co-operation with CALM on a project that I’ve always seen as an attempt to understand what drives men to extreme and depressive behaviour. CALM’s commitment to making male depression and suicide part of the national conversation is crucial not just for young men, but for society as a whole.”

Head to the Southwark Playhouse website for This Will End Badly tickets and secure your seat at one of the post-show discussions with CALM…


Monday, 18 January

‘Hashtag’ In-Social Media: Is social media causing people to become more lonely?

Despite living in a modern world that is able to communicate more than we ever have before thanks to the technology and social media available to us, are we more alone than we ever have been? Join a panel of guest speakers in a discussion surrounding the debate on whether our social media hinders or helps us to make connections with others in an ever growing global society.

Guest speakers include comedians Aisling Bea and Joe Lycett, director Clive Judd, cast member Ben Whybrow and Jane Powell, Chief Executive Officer at CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Wednesday, 20 January

Modern Man: How do men cope in modern society?

With the gender rules adapting and changing in recent years, this post-show discussion explores how modern man has to cope with the ever changing social world we live in.

Guest speakers include cast member Ben Whybrow, writer Rob Hayes, Jonny Benjamin Ambassador for CALM & British Mental Health Campaigner, Jane Powell Chief Executive Officer at CALM, and Professor Damien Ridge Trustee of CALM; Professor of Health Studies at the University of Westminster, and a psychotherapist working in the community.

The Press on This Will End Badly
“This was perhaps the best show I’ve seen this year… heavy enough to pack one hell of a punch. I urge you to see it.” The Observer ★★★★★
“Hayes’ has captured the seamless flow of contradictions that is human nature, and made them utterly relatable.” The Stage ★★★★
“Ben Whybrow is heartrending, callous and funny by turns. It’s as unsettling and brilliant a performance as you’re likely to see this year.” Fest Magazine ★★★★

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