Bridge is a story of desperation and how fragile life can be. Focusing on a chance encounter between two strangers – ordinary people in a not so ordinary situation – Bridge offers an examination into the happy unions created through ones unhappiness and how it is the little things that can ultimately transform our future.
A man crosses a bridge on an empty street. He asks a woman sitting on a bench for a light. She says she doesn’t smoke.
By turns funny and moving, Bridge tells the story of a chance encounter between a seemingly clueless man on a mission to find a match for his cigarette and an exasperated, and ultimately desperate, woman who doesn’t want to talk to him but can’t make him go away. The encounter is anything but what it seems, however. In every real sense it is a matter of Life and Death, and both of them know it.
“You don’t want to die like this.”
“Then what do you suggest?”
“You could try smoking. See, it says on the packet – ‘Smoking Kills”.
Amid the woman’s despair, the man offers the prospect of hope, of the “wee thing that happens” that can get you through a day, the wee thing that she’ll miss unless she steps back from the parapet, takes his hand, and talks.
Bridge is a deeply contemporary piece, set in a place and at a time when suicide is becoming more prevalent as people’s lives fracture under the weight of depression, poverty, social isolation, intolerable pressures, deeply felt losses, and the pain of putting on a face to the world that bears no resemblance to what is going on inside.
In the face of this, Bridge makes the case for choosing life over death, and explores the power of simple human connection.
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