The Life of Stuff

Wilma’s Rating [rating=3]


The Life Of Stuff is a dirty, gritty play that is not for the faint hearted.

Performed at Theatre 503 (above the Latchmere pub in Clapham Juction) this intense piece of theatre is heightened by the smallest stage I have ever seen. It can’t have been more than 2×2 metres and when you have drug addicts buzzing away, whilst being sick on the floor and someone being murdered next to them, the audience are definitely involved in what is happening.

The show comes with a warning that it features scenes that not everyone will feel comfortable with and has colourful language throughout but for something that has been compared to the film Train spotting, that was no surprise.

I found The Life Of Stuff’s story line muddled and a little confusing if honest. A party, lots of drinking, drugs, crazy dancing, a murder and a search for who to blame more than anyone else. I must admit my concentration was impaired by the most uncomfortable seats I have ever sat in (which my old knees couldn’t cope with).

Credit must go to anyone who can act scenes like these and hold focus whilst almost falling over the audience members as they go. Cameron Jack, Paula Masterton and Pamela Dwyer together formed an intense circle of power that you couldn’t help but get caught up in.

The show’s big pull was that it features a live snake called Delilah. An integral part of the story I assumed but like Chris Moyles in Jesus Christ Superstar, if you blinked you would have missed it.

The Life of Stuff is interesting, well performed and has definite potential but still needs some work. See it at Theatre 503 – The Latchmere Pub until 4th May.