Dark comedy at Fringe

Taboos are tackled in a daring new comedy heading for the Brighton Fringe.

Way Back plays every week day at The Hobgoblin from May 13 to 29.

Production assistant Annie Harris said: “Way Back is a daring new comedy set on Beachy Head, sensitively exploring the taboo themes of suicide, existential crises and disabled toilets. As I’m sure you’re aware, Beachy Head is a notorious suicide spot, the third most popular in the world.

“The chaplaincy squad is posted up on the cliffs regularly, in an attempt to avert such tragedies.

“Our heroine, Carol (Aynsleigh Turner) is one such member of the squad. Caring, kind, and kooky, she tries her best to save everyone; some would say she cares too much. Today is busier than expected, however, with both depressed ex-chef Miles (Matt Lim) and attention-seeking ex-pop prodigy Randy threatening to jump… Who will she try and save first? Can they help each other find understanding and purpose after all? Is it actually illegal to use the disabled toilets?

“We have received feedback that, thematically and tonally, the play is similar to the film A Long Way Down, which has received glowing write-ups. This coincidence demonstrates to us that these issues and messages are ones that resonate with the public, and that a balance between comedy and emotion is an achievable artistic vision.”

The writer, Daniel Henry Kaes, was shortlisted for the Cambridge Footlights Harry Porter prize in 2012, as judged by Alex Horne (The Horne Section), and the director Will Seaward has in the past masterminded such theatrical feats as the ADC/Footlights panto and Bouncy Castle Shakespeare (listed in The Guardian’s Top 10 things to see at the Fringe).