“The production’s beaming star, Denise Gough plugs away in to our addict with sheer authenticity. She becomes the single most important focal point of the stage – in fact, she becomes the audience’s addiction. Fuelled by energy and intense charisma, her performance strength is so spot-on that you’ll want to lean forward, get off your seat, just, so you can get closer to her and the highly stimulated stage. It is no wonder that she won the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress 2015.”

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To describe a play in a few words is always a challenge, yet to do that for National Theatre’s collaborative work with HeadLong, People, Places and Things, now showing at Wyndham Theatre, is somewhat of an easy task. For the audience, it’s like a slap in the face and a massive wake-up call to the theatre world of what sublime theatre really looks like.

Last year, it was first shown at the National’s Dorfman Theatre; it’s West End transfer speaks well deserving volumes about the beast of a staging vision, creative script and courageous cast it has. The disturbing, uncomforting nausea that was experienced in Jeremy Herrin’s 1984 5-star production has been replicated here, so much so that you’ll want to stop drinking alcohol, or give up any form of attachment you may have, whether it be cigarettes, biting your nails, peanut butter or people.

Nina, Sarah and Emma are the names of our drug and alcohol addict. It’s the multiple names for an actress in utter disarray. She confuses the characters she plays on stage with her off-stage life, and you can experience it for yourself. The hallucinations, black outs, self-doubt, rapid speed of speech and loud, irritating ringing noises that sting in your head like a filthy migraine. This is firm material masterfully brought together by creative geniuses including writer; Duncan Macmillan, Tom Gibbon; sound designer, and set design, Bunny Christie.

The production’s beaming star, Denise Gough plugs away in to our addict with sheer authenticity. She becomes the single most important focal point of the stage – in fact, she becomes the audience’s addiction. Fuelled by energy and intense charisma, her performance strength is so spot-on that you’ll want to lean forward, get off your seat, just, so you can get closer to her and the highly stimulated stage. It is no wonder that she won the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress 2015.

Barbara Marten is also stellar on stage as the charismatic rehab doctor, professional therapist and unforgiving mother. The rest of the cast are bright eyed and theatrically armed, complementary to Gough’s depiction of Emma’s warped and idealistic attitude, where hallucinogens and dangerous substances are the only routes to happiness.

Yet it may be close to home for many who have undergone rehab treatment, watched a loved one go through it or even tried to get rid of a guilty pleasure themselves, but that isn’t a good enough excuse to not see this show! Besides, a play that mentally challenges and physically affects you – good or bad – is a winner.

People, Places and Things is sharp, immersive, shocking and physically sickening. Still, it has scenes of pathos and wittiness too, that will make you think you had a diploma in existential philosophy. The intensity is palpable – your gut may start turning and you may need to cover your ears – but you’ll learn a lot. So stop wasting time and book a ticket for you and a friend before it completely sells out.

— Mary Grace Nguyen (@MaryGNguyen) March 25, 2016

 

A show that challenges and physically affects you is a winner. Well done to its lead star @gough_denise, @PPTonstage pic.twitter.com/agMXT2aLl6

— Mary Grace Nguyen (@MaryGNguyen) March 22, 2016

 

My view at Wyndham Theatre right now! Not bad. Not bad at all! @PPTonstage #PeoplePlacesThings pic.twitter.com/sVtqARJxxf

— Mary Grace Nguyen (@MaryGNguyen) March 22, 2016

 

If a show displays their hashtag at the end of the it, it means they want to be tweeted about,even if it’s a preview pic.twitter.com/zpkRBSen6o

— Mary Grace Nguyen (@MaryGNguyen) March 22, 2016

I feel like I never want to touch alcohol ever again! #PeoplePlacesThings

— Mary Grace Nguyen (@MaryGNguyen) March 22, 2016

Saw 1984 by @HeadlongTheatre? Why do I feel just as physically sick and uncomfortable? The filthy intensity is palpable #PeoplePlacesThings

— Mary Grace Nguyen (@MaryGNguyen) March 22, 2016