Three friends. Two secrets. One night.
Paul and Jenny, an engaged couple, and Paul's best friend Rob return from an evening at the pub. As the
drink flows, their conversation turns to ex-lovers, sexual conquests and tales of Rob's legendary bad
behaviour. Soon, a game of 'I Never' leads all three to the bedroom, but is it really just a harmless bit of
experimentation, or does somebody have an ulterior motive? Who's keeping secrets? And what happens
when the night before becomes the morning after? As the saying goes; two's company...
Threesome is a risqué new comedy drama premiering at the Camden Fringe Festival. Based on real life
personal accounts, this one act play looks at sexuality and sexual behaviour in modern society.
The show was written by Lisa Gifford, who also plays the character of Jenny, and is directed by Paul
Linghorn. Paul is played by Alex Corbet Burcher and Rob is played by Adam Lannon.
Writer and director first met in 2010 on a writing for performance course at Middlesex University. Discovering
they shared a passion for theatre which challenges the audience, Lisa asked Paul to play the character of
Paul in an early rehearsed reading of Threesome. Subsequently, Paul cast Lisa in his production of The
Rape of Lavinia, which played at the Tournon Sur Rhone Shakespeare Festival, France in summer 2011.
From there a working relationship was formed.
Lisa explains; "I've always felt very strongly that whatever goes on in the bedroom between consenting
adults, whether that be one, two, three or twenty, is nobody's business but their own. Even in today's
permissive society, the pressure to conform to social 'norms' is still there which leads people to live a lie,
often to the detriment of themselves and everyone around them. Threesome is my take on what happens
when the situation gets out of control and the truth inevitably reveals itself."
"It has only been since the days of Queen Victoria that we as the British public took a prudish stance towards
sex," argues Paul, adding "the state of this attitude has improved since the 60s but is progressing incredibly
slowly. We still live in an age where the natural, naked form is something to be reviled let alone the acts
between men and women and same sex couples. I believe firmly individuals should be free to do whatever
gives them pleasure, even if it could harm them as long as they do not harm others who do not seek it. This is
what interests me about this play and why I am pleased to be directing it. Through repression of sexual
liberation more than one person comes away from this event harmed. So it will be very interesting to see how
this resonates with the actors and will therefore impact on the action and characters".
Threesome runs at The Etcetera Theatre on the 24th, 25th and 26th August at 9pm. Tickets £7.50 from
www.etceteratheatre.com. Note this play is suitable for ages 16+ only and contains nudity and bad language.
Show taking place at Etcetera Theatre
Above the Oxford Arms 265 Camden High Street London NW1 7BU
dates time ticket prices concessions
Fri 24 August 2012 9:00pm £7.50
Sat 25 August 2012 9:00pm £7.50
Sun 26 August 2012 9:00pm £7.50
Book tickets via www.camdenfringe.org or 08444 77 1000