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Review of Threesome at The Union Theatre

Threesome at The Union TheatreIn an attempt to spice up their relationship, Sam and Kate meet Lucy. Young, attractive and with unconventional ideas about life and sex, she convinces them that having a threesome will put them back on track. The play follows the trio as they negotiate the unorthodox protocol of what happens next. As the title suggests, this hilarious comedy is just for adults! Threesome is a debut play by Brighton-based Laboratory Theatre Company. Written by award-winning filmmaker Jamie Patterson, whose credits include City of Dreamers, Daisy, Home for Christmas and Fractured.

On entering the theatre you see the open set consisting of a sofa, a chair, a table and a drinks trolley. The set is minimal but serves its purpose well and I didn’t think at any point more set was required.

The lighting is functional and I didn’t really spend any time contemplating the lighting or what they’re trying to achieve with it. To me this is a good thing as it means it worked well.

To start the play there is a short film that is projected onto the wall. This film sets the scene for getting back to the flat and was a clever way of ensuring there were no set changes, this was simple yet so effective.

Threesome is written really well by Jamie Patterson. His debut play delivers jokes thick and fast but he also cleverly touches on the deeper aspect of why the married couple thought a threesome would help them with their marriage. I genuinely cannot fault the writing and Patterson should be proud of what has been achieved.

Chris Willoughby plays Sam and uses his stand-up background excellently for the comic timing on all of his jokes. Willoughby gives us a character who is in love with his wife, isn’t the brightest of individuals but is completely likeable from pretty much the get go.

Gemma Rook is Kate, Sam’s wife, and comes across as completely believable as the slightly uptight, prim and proper character. Rook allows her character to become friendlier as the play progresses and you find yourself warming to her.

Lucy is played by April Pearson was also portrays a believable character – young, pretty, completely open about sex but who likes to be in control. There was some vulnerability in there too which does make Lucy a nicer character, a lovely addition by Pearson. There were a couple of times Pearson stumbled over her lines but as I’ve done that during normal conversation, I didn’t find it detracted from the enjoyment of the play.

There is a random dance break to a well-chosen track, which sounds strange but is rather funny. We were also treated to a Magic Mike-esque striptease by Willoughby but it is all done tongue-in-cheek and got a lot of laughs. It is a shame it was only an hour long, we could have done with the threesome lasting a little longer! Sorry I had to get one pun in there with a play titled Threesome! Seriously though, it would have been worth a 2 act play. I say that but it could easily have come across as “padded out” if stretched over a second act so I can understand why it was a single act. It was just that good I wanted more.

Should you go and see it? Oh definitely! Yes, it can be rude at times, there is swearing and you do see Willoughby in his boxers and Rook in her bra and knickers but at no point is it crass or crude. There are genuine laugh-out-loud moments throughout the play so head along and catch it whilst you can.

4 stars

Review by Lee Cogger

After sell-out success at Brighton and Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, THREESOME transfers to The Union Theatre London from 3rd to 14th May 2016.

In an attempt to spice up their relationship Sam and Kate meet Lucy. Young, attractive and with unconventional ideas about life and sex, she convinces them that having a threesome will put them back on track. The play follows the trio as they negotiate the unorthodox protocol of what happens next. As the title suggests, this hilarious comedy is just for adults!

Threesome is a debut play by Brighton-based Laboratory Theatre Company. Written by award-winning filmmaker Jamie Patterson, whose credits include, City of Dreamers, Daisy, Home for Christmas and Fractured.

Starring stand-up comedian and actor Chris Willoughby, Gemma Rook and from E4’s Skins, April Pearson.

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