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Mayday Mayday

During the dying minutes of April 2004 as the town of Padstow Cornwall celebrated the coming of summer, Tristan Sturrock broke his neck falling off a wall. Paralysed in hospital and about to become a father for the first time, he was told he may never walk again. This incredible true story charts his journey from the first of May to his first step.

New York Reviews - St Ann's Warehouse May 2013

"Superb" (New York Post)
"Mayday Mayday illuminates vividly how resilient the mind and body can be when the spirit never flags" (New York Times)
"Artfully crafted...beautifully staged" (Huffington Post)
"Refreshingly human" (Entertainment Weekly)
"an intimate.. touching...deft work" (Time Out New York)

UK Reviews - 2011-12

"stunning theatre in the hands of a master storyteller" * * * * * (British Theatre Guide)

Winner- Fringe Review award for outstanding theatre Edinburgh 2012

"Sturrock brings 20 years of experience with Kneehigh Theatre to this personal testimony...a very skilled piece of story telling and physical theatre by a first class actor" * * * * * (Fringe review)
"laugh out loud funny, tear inducingly moving, a great performance by a decapitated man!" * * * * * Bristol Evening Post
"This is life affirming theatre at its very very best...beautifully crafted and executed..." * * * * * The Cornishman
"I didn't just like this play, I loved it. It was eye-opening, well written, poignantly observed and perfectly executed. Please go... Please." * * * * * The Good Review
"This is his love letter to the NHS" British Medical Journal

2013 Tour Dates

2012 Tour Dates

  • Bristol Old Vic Theatre
  • Bath Theatre Royal / Ustinov
  • Battersea Arts Centre
  • Acorn Arts Centre, Penzance
  • Falmouth Arts Centre
  • Salisbury Playhouse
  • The Tolmen Centre, Cornwall
  • The North Wall / Oxford
  • Plymouth Theatre Royal / Drum
  • Edinburgh Festival Pleasance King Dome

St. Ann's Warehouse Arts Council Ferment