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Suicide Row

With special guest:

  • Michael Griffith
    … in conversation with Glen Poole

Michael Griffith is a playwright and theatre director whose new show, Suicide Row, premiered in Melbourne in November.

The play tells the story of four Australian men who find themselves stuck on the way after discovering that their individual suicide attempts have miraculously failed.

But if this isn’t the end then why are they stuck? The Gods never reply. As time slows and as hindsight drags in an inescapable tide of regret, these men come to wonder if in order to escape this frustrating nothingness and return home, does life expect them to do something first. If so, what?

The play is aimed at men both young and old. It is powerful but not bleak, funny but not black and while it has a clear anti-suicide message, it does not preach. Most importantly it is written with the express aim of helping to reduce the high levels of male suicide in Australia.

Michael was inspired to write the play after losing a close friend to suicide. The idea for the setting in Suicide Row came from a staff-room where Michael works with men, where all manner of problems are addressed with good-humoured joking and ribbing. Michael used this light-hearted, blokey atmosphere as the basis for tackling a very serious issue.


The beauty of this play is not only does it dive into the issue but it is remarkably entertaining and uplifting. The characters are likeable and while there are poignant moments, it is the humour that makes the piece palatable.

After a successful premier, Michael is now seeking funding to take Suicide Row on tour. You can find out how to donate in order to get the message out at:

Great news as we go to air is that a documentary producer has asked if he can make a film on the production of the play. We hope the finished product will appear on mainstream media to get the message out. If you are interested in putting the play on in your area all you need is a space. Michael can assist with lighting and tips on staging so give him a call on 0425 854 943 or send an email to

Song selections: Knocking on Heavens Door by Mark Knopfler & Ted Christopher, and Let Me Entertain You by Robbie Williams

If this program has raised any concerns please contact:

Lifeline 13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78

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