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DRINKS: immersive, site-specific and interactive play – Basic Space Festival 2017

Shit Got Real - DrinksDrinks, is currently playing as part of the Basic Space Festival in Peckham. The festival is a site-sensitive theatrical event that is set within two Victorian Safehouses in Peckham. The idea is that the festival enables audiences to open their minds to different creative possibilities in unlikely places.

I’d been invited to Laura and Dave’s housewarming party. I made my way to Copeland Road in Peckham (via the pub, after all who turns up at a house party alone without a drink inside them!). Having been welcomed into the preparation area I was given a sticker and assigned as a friend of Laura’s. I was then led, along with half the other willing participants to the front door of Laura and Dave’s House. The immersive experience begins.

Laura opens the front door and welcomes me in, she hasn’t seen me since uni! I’m taken to the bar, offered a drink of cider and encouraged to mingle with the other guests.

The house is derelict – memories of student housing lit by fairy lights, undecorated and the perfect party venue form in my mind – it’s 1997 and I’m transported back to days of student flat hunting.

As the production unfolds what is very apparent is how carefully this piece has been put together. It’s slick, clever and a joy to be a part of. There are four cast members in the piece, all of whom really stood up to the challenge and gave first class performances. The line between the 4th wall and audience participation blurs, I’m fascinated. I am glad I’m at the party.

Running at just under an hour, the piece is fast moving, funny, emotive and fun to be a part of. In their words “Shit got real” and we all need to grow up and embrace new beginnings. The piece is faultless.

I don’t want to give too much away about the plot – I’ll leave that for you to experience yourself. However, I can confirm that the show is access friendly, you don’t have to invest much to be part of it, so it is a really good introduction to a site-specific performance. There is also a bar open throughout the performance/party and after, so you can relax over a beaker of wine at Laura and Dave’s house warming…

5 Star Rating

Review by Faye Stockley

DRINKS invites you to Laura and Dave’s housewarming drinks (the play is staged in a real Victorian terrace house in Peckham). They’ve finally got their foot on the property ladder and want to celebrate, even if it is a massive dump. Also in attendance is their ‘best-friend’ Laurence, but it soon becomes clear that their friendship has changed and that they’re all moving in different directions. DRINKS explores the social pressure to settle down and build a home and how relationships change in adulthood. The play invites you to get in on the action, join the party and see things unravel!

DRINKS is the third show from Three Pegs Productions. It is directed by Christa Harris and written by Sophie Andrea Mitchell. It will be on between the 8th and 12th March 2017, 8.30 – 9.30pm, at Safehouse 1, 139 Copeland Road, Peckham, London, SE15 3SN.

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  • Faye Stockley

    Faye read Theatre & Performance at The University of Warwick; she went on to work as a stage manager in London and Edinburgh. She had a year's stint on-board the MV Island Escape as a Social Host and Compere and now works full time as a Recruitment Manager for the broadcast, entertainment and media sectors.

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1 thought on “DRINKS: immersive, site-specific and interactive play – Basic Space Festival 2017”

  1. Sounds fantastic. Original and fresh. We are going tomorrow night and are looking forward to it even more!

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