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"a serious and impressive play"

The Guardian

"blistering, passionate poetry"

The Scotsman

"A mesmeric, poetic, timely piece of theatre-making"

North West End Theatre

"Simply unmissable"

Theatre South East


Three fast-paced, funny stories about consumer culture

by Billie Collins

Winner of New Play Commission Scheme

(Writers’ Guild of Great Britain)

Award-winning theatre company, ThickSkin, teamed up with Billie Collins (Too Much World At Once and BBC's Malory Towers) to create an inventive new show about consumer culture.

Three characters with overlapping stories are brought to life in a breathtaking performance by Meg Lewis, underscored by live drumming and set against a backdrop of striking video design. In an age of retail therapy, climate crisis and click and collect - Peak Stuff  is an entertaining, charming and deftly delivered production, simply asking the audience 'have we reached peak stuff?'

Directed by ThickSkin’s Neil Bettles (How Not To Drown, Frantic Assembly’s The Unreturning and Disney’s Bedknobs and Broomsticks), Peak Stuff is a tale for modern times. 

"Collins writes beautifully in rhythms picked up, underscored and amplified by drummer Matthew Churcher, centre stage and bringing tremendous dynamic range to the performance. Consummately directed by Neil Bettles, with fractured video by Jim Dawson and Izzy Pye, it is no simple take-down of consumer culture but a rich analysis of alienation in the digital age." **** The Guardian

Watch the trailer and hear what audience have to say about Peak Stuff, here.

Age Guidance: Suitable for age 14 +.

Running time: Approximately 75 minutes, there is no interval.

Advisory notes: Contains occasional strong language, flashing images and loud music.

A ThickSkin Production.
Commissioned by ThickSkin and Lawrence Batley Theatre.
Supported by Shakespeare North Playhouse and Wigan Council.
Winner of the New Play Commission Scheme.

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