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Peak Stuff
 UK tour, 2024


​​"I like having things. I like having lots of things. It reminds me that I'm... Y'know? A person."

Alice is done with fast fashion.

Ben can't stop buying trainers.

And Charlie just wants to sell organ at a time.

In an age of retail therapy, climate crisis and click and collect - how does our 'stuff' define us? And have we reached peak stuff?

Award-winning theatre company, ThickSkin, have teamed up with the writing talents of Billie Collins (Too Much World at Once and BBC's Malory Towers) to produce one of the most visually thrilling and inventive shows you will see this year.

Using live drumming and spectacular video design, this is a timely show for anyone who has ever made an ill-fated impulsive purchase!  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.

Matthew Churcher

Meg Lewis


Playwright:  Billie Collins

Director/Co-Composer:  Neil Bettles

Co-Composer:  Matthew Churcher

Designer:  Neil Bettles

Lighting Designer:  Charly Dunford

Video Designer:  TripleDotMakers

Associate Director:  Hetty Hodgson

Administrator:  Abi Beaven

Sound Associate:  Hannah Bracegirdle

Lighting & Video Engineer:  Sam Marshall

Content Creator:  Serden Salih

Executive Producer:  Laura Mallows

General Manager:  George Soave

Production Manager:  Tom Robbins

Touring Production Manager:  Helen Morris

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'a serious and impressive play'

The Guardian 


'Collins writes beautifully in rhythms picked up, underscored and implied by Matthew Churcher, centre stage

and bringing tremendous dynamic range to the performance'

 The Scotsman


'backed by a magnificent continuous score by Neil Bettles and Matthew Churcher,

performed live on drums by Churcher himself, and greeted with roars of applause, when both remarkable performers 

finally step up to take their bows.'

The Scotsman


'A belter of a play, mesmeric, poetic, timely piece.'

North West End UK



'The complex rhythms conjured from Churcher's drum kit, perched high and behind Lewis, 

both drive and respond to the drama.'

The QR


'I've had the privilege of expieriencing many great theatrical productions, 

this one has left me almost speechless.'

Theatre South East


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