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

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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.