Also published on A Younger Theatre.
For more information about 5 Guys Chillin’, please see the accompanying news article and interview with Associate Director Elliot Hadley.
A chill-out that summarises the current state of Britain’s chemsex scene – drugs, sex parties and damaged backstories are all part of the package. 5 Guys Chillin’ is a verbatim consolidation of how this sub-sector is perceived by those on the inside.
5 Guys Chillin’ has developed something of a cult following since it first came to the King’s Head Theatre in October 2015. And now it’s back for a three-week run in its home venue.
Following highly acclaimed, sell-out performances in Dublin, New York, Sydney and Edinburgh, 5 Guys Chillin’ returns to London for a limited three week season.
King’s Head Theatre is now synonymous with works that explore real life, modern day situations around homosexuality and sexual identity. Even a cursory glance at Adam Spreadbury-Maher’s upcoming programme speaks volumes – Boy with Beer and Strangers in Between, not to mention F*cking Men and Boys in the Band that are currently touring around the country after their original stint at this forward-thinking establishment. Indeed there have been a number of discussions recently around the influx of ‘pink plays’ currently hitting London and the UK theatre scene. Joint lead critic for The Stage Mark Shenton welcomes the addition that in the 90s was deemed a plague, whereas Alice Saville from Exeunt magazine queries the validity in naming this a boom in LGBT theatre when all plays still seemingly revolve around the stories of gay men. Personally, I see the merits in both arguments; theatre should encourage discussion and debate in all areas, so ultimately the production of different points of view can only serve as a positive. 5 Guys Chillin serves the gay community well; no sugar coating or pussy footing around the topic, but a verbatim look at interactions between gay men today. The myriad of exploratory themes unite themselves in an almost cavalier attitude to chemsex and chill sessions that have exploded into the ‘alternative mainstream’ thanks to the rise of dating apps like Grindr.
Originally published on The Reviews Hub
Awarded 4 stars – Orgasmic
Social media has transformed the relationship game once again – from blind dates to dating websites, it is now apps such as Tinder or Happn that market themselves as the latest tools to help the busy singleton find love. None has altered a single cultural scene so much as Grindr, the world’s largest gay social network app that has become more of a means to organise hook-ups, sex parties and casual one night stands thaN find a soul mate for the more openly promiscuous of the sexual orientations.