“Beautifully done, and it tackles issues that hit home to many.”
‘5 Guys Chillin’ is a verbatim drama based on exactly what the names says. It starts with a couple welcoming other guys into their home for a chill out.
As expected, this play wasn’t shy from the start. Slowly new characters are introduced to the mix and you witness some incredible highs (pun intended) and some very real lows.
Having 5 big characters in that environment was always going to be dramatic. But then add their current state of mind and what they’re getting up to, it magnifies them in such a way you see through it and into who they really are. It’s beautifully done, bold and it tackles issues that hit home to many. Race, HIV, drugs, sex, love, intimacy, lust and pain. It’s all there.
One minute they’re opening their soul talking about their darkest moments in life, the next sex toys are flying around the room and someone gets a fisting. It approaches things that affect us all, but in a very sensitive and even funny way.
The play definitely makes you think. Parts of it might be very hard to watch, but it’s important to leave judgement to one side and try and see deeper into what’s happening. These are the kinds of topics that need to be discussed as a community. The ‘chill out’ scene is so much more than gay men meeting up for random sex. Many believe that it’s about connecting with people, intimacy and acceptance.
The play is extreme, but both emotionally and sexually. It doesn’t promote chem sex, you even get given a condom as part of your ticket. It opens a door into the hearts and minds of the people there, living that life. This is all from very real situations. Writer Peter Darney spent 50 hours interviewing people and with that he constructed this very honest and well written piece of theatre.
GT gives 5 Guys Chillin’ – 4/5
5 Guys Chillin’ is playing at the King’s Head Theatre until 24 October. For more information and tickets, see the King’s Head Theatre website