Threesome

Threesome follows the rocky road to a triple tryst as married thirtysomethings Sam and Kate (Chris Willoughby and Gemma Rook) attempt to spice up their faltering relationship by inviting the abrasive and sex-obsessed Lucy (April Pearson) into the bedroom - what follows is fifty minutes of witty banter, sublimely awkward dialogue and what feels like a world record attempt to say “cocks” as many times under an hour as possible.

If you’re looking for raunchy, strangely feel good comedy, it might look oddly like a Threesome in C Nova.

Unlike their three characters, the chemistry between Willoughby, Rook and Pearson sizzles. They bounce off each-other onstage, taking full advantage of their character contrasts for maximum comic effect. Especially good are Willoughby’s dopey one liners, which sound brilliantly absurd next to Pearson’s devilishly on-the-nose innuendos - and Rook should be praised for mastering the look and sound of hilariously shrivelling disapproval.

However, I would’ve liked to have seen more character dynamicism from Sam. Although masterfully portrayed, he never quite has the dramatic turns that Kate or Lucy get in the second half - as a result, the writing made him feel like a one-note character. And whilst Lucy’s acid-tongued dialogue was entertaining most of the time, on occasion is needed dialling back in the script, lest it fall over the brink into being irritatingly on the nose.

But I’d be lying if I didn’t say this show is absolutely hilarious - and from the sounds of it, the audience agreed wholeheartedly. It’s a brilliantly acted, and apart from a few minor gripes, expertly written piece of Fringe comedy - and wins extra points for the great quality introduction, taking advantage both of the small space and the actors’ previous experience in TV. If you’re looking for raunchy, strangely feel good comedy, it might look oddly like a Threesome in C Nova. 

Reviews by J W Close

C venues - C nova

Threesome

★★★
Greenside @ Nicolson Square

That Deadly Noir Magic

★★★
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

The Canterbury Tales

★★★
theSpace on the Mile

The King of Monte Cristo

★★★
theSpace @ Symposium Hall

Messages from Japan / Super-cussion

★★★★
Whistlebinkies

Gary Colman: Tickling Mice

★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

Threesome is a multimedia production following Sam and Kate through an evening which may or may not change their marriage. 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 dark comedy is just for adults.

Most Popular See More

Come From Away

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

From £12.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Phantom of the Opera

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Dear Evan Hansen

From £30.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Mamma Mia!

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Book of Mormon

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets