Don’t miss one of the most visually thrilling and inventive shows you will see in 2024 as renowned theatre company ThickSkin brings Peak Stuff to Blackpool Grand Theatre.
Award-winning theatre company ThickSkin make a welcome return to Blackpool Grand Theatre in 2024 with the dynamic new drama Peak Stuff on Monday 19 February.
Peak Stuff is a lyrical, theatrical, multi-thread dive into young people's relationship with stuff.
Alice is done with fast fashion. Ben can’t stop buying trainers. And Charlie just wants to sell out - one organ at a time. In an age of thrifting, retail therapy, climate crisis and click and collect – what does it actually mean to ‘own things’? How does ‘stuff’ define us? And do we know when to stop?
Underscored by live drumming, and spectacular video design, Peak Stuff presents three fast-paced, funny, f***ed-up stories, taking a deep-dive into consumer culture to work out what went wrong and to put it right one step at a time.
One actor performs multiple stories to chip away at the role consumer culture plays in shaping our identity. Each of them on a journey to understand how things got so bad. How they reached ‘peak stuff’. How they can ever go back. From leaving dead seagulls in Claire’s Accessories as an act of protest to auctioning off human kidneys to the highest bidder, Peak Stuff is about some people having too much while other people have nothing.
“I like having things. I like having lots of things. It reminds me that I’m… Y’know? A person.”
Peak Stuff has been commissioned by ThickSkin and Lawrence Batley Theatre and is supported by Shakespeare North Playhouse. Directed by ThickSkin’s Neil Bettles (How Not To Drown, The Unreturning), this is a cautionary tale for modern times from fiercely talented new writer Billie Collins (Too Much World At Once) and is also the well-deserved winner of the New Play Commission Scheme, which celebrates the very best in new writing for the stage.
Blackpool Grand Theatre is committed to presenting more stories for more people and together with ThickSkin is reimagining what theatre can be. Founded by Neil Bettles and Laura Mallows in 2010, ThickSkin theatre company is well-known for searching out and nurturing emerging talent and is reinventing theatre for the next generation by telling extraordinary stories in unexpected ways. This includes the recent acclaimed production of Nicola McCartney’s How Not To Drown - the painful yet uplifting true story of an eleven-year-old unaccompanied asylum-seeker Dritan Kastrati arriving in the UK.
ThickSkin’s Peak Stuff is unmissable new theatre at Blackpool Grand Theatre on Monday 19 February at 7.30pm.
Tickets from £12.50 with tickets also available at just £10 for Educational Groups and for 18 to 26-year-olds as part of the national ticket scheme to encourage young adults to experience all forms of live theatre.