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A graphic, gripping, funny and frank verbatim drama exposing the chill-out chem-sex scene. "Wanna pair of shorts? Shot of G? Line of Meth?" From surgeons to students, couples to kink; guys that love it and lost guys longing to be loved. An original look into a drug-fuelled, hedonistic, highly secret world of Grindr, and instant gratification.
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Peter Darney has written and directed this award-winning new verbatim drama, which ran for 4 months at the Kings Head Theatre in London.
The very best theatre makes the audience think, provokes a reaction deep within you, and 5 Guys Chillin' does all of that. You cannot see it without having a visceral personal reaction to it. It lingers, it stains and it's phenomenally powerful stuff.' Steve Stratford, blogger
'The piece [takes interviews] and moulds them into a one-act naturalistic play, as five men gather for a chill – and this is where the conflict in so much verbatim theatre lies; there’s a delicate balance to be struck between the veracity of the interviews, and the dramatic action of the play. 5 Guys Chillin’ manages to achieves this balance with integrity... There an absolute realness to this party that you don’t see very often on the stage. They aren’t just pretending to have a good time; they’re completely convincing in it. Every detail is considered... The power of 5 Guys Chillin’ however, is its emphasis on the characters within it and not the audience watching. It would have been easy for Darney to play to the viewers, and though we’re invited in by the natural humour and poignancy of the piece, we’re never pandered to. The audience are merely invisible spectators to the scene... In all, 5 Guys Chillin’ is a contemporary and crucial production. It’s well-crafted, convincingly performed and with a notable commitment to the genre of verbatim theatre. Exeunt
‘As confronting as theatre gets’ British Theatre