Oil!

This new piece of writing is an enjoyable, silly slice of sitcom, covering the last few days of student life amidst a diverse bunch of friends. Drawing on well-crafted student stereotypes, it is reminiscent of Fresh Meat, and a lot of the humour rests on how unlikely it is, for example, for self-entitled ex-Etonian Oscar and passionate feminist activist Milly to be able to stomach living under the same roof.

Everyone involved in the production is obviously having a great time of it, guaranteeing that the audience will too.

Felix, owner of the house, is sitting on a nepotistic offer of a job with KPMG from his father, but having previously got a reputation for being the one dabbling in drugs, has now discovered spiritual enlightenment, renounced all intoxicants, and brought a colony of bees into his bedroom. The plot loosely revolves around him accidentally fracking some oil in their shared flat. Although, to be honest, some of the funniest aspects of the play come from the fact that the friends quickly seem to forget that there are streams of oil pouring into their basement, slipping instead into entertaining bickering about mutually-shared STIs, watching Teletubbies on acid, and just how dreadful Felix’s asafoetida-heavy lentil stew is.

The choreography throughout is well done, although not absolutely polished, and it is a nice touch that all the actors take frequent opportunities to break the fourth wall and ad-lib amongst each other. Everyone involved in the production is obviously having a great time of it, guaranteeing that the audience will too.  

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Five students get together for one final dinner before graduation – Oscar the financier, Bella the femme fatale, Felix the Anarcho-Buddhist, Milly the social justice warrior, and Liv... Well, the less said about Liv the better. As the tensions start to rise, the absurd happens and they strike oil in the cellar. But who needs the money most? And what the hell is Felix going to do about those bees?

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