Review: Triple (The Space, online)

“From ANTS Theatre’s sick-in-a-good-way director Lu Curtis and actually-quite-funny new writer Lee Lauren, comes a hilarious and probing new monologue play asking: in a world hungry for more, more, more, can we ever truly be (f)three?

In 3 scoops, Triple serves you 3²  tantalising and titillating stories of parties of three; a darkly comic look at love and late capitalism.

In scoop 1 🥄 Supermarkets. Talking Sex Toys. Drag Kings. And More.

In scoop 2 🥄🥄 Skin Care. The Sims 4. Soft Apocalypse. Oh My.

In scoop 3 🥄🥄🥄 Soap-Scum. Super-Action. World-Salvation. Yeah.”

Image of Katja Quist in Triple

Triple is available on demand until the 31 October at The Space’s website, so watch as many times as you can until that date. The team are fearless, the script is presented at a breakneck pace – monologues and duologues performed by Ayesha Griffiths and Katja Quist.

With a live audience and their clear enjoyment of what they are seeing, Triple is a sardonic and playful look at the world around us, right from the gushing letter of lust to Sainsbury’s delivered with delightful sharpness by Griffiths, to the faux positivity of Quist’s gaming strategies.

Listen with headphones to catch all the scripted nuances, and enjoy the work of “An experimental theatre company excelling at pointed pointlessness”. Triple gives you a wild ride, a messy romp through the daily grind and holds a blurry mirror up to moments you may have forgotten.

There’s a certain bluntness, and a definite collective wink between performer and audience, whether chatting about sex toys, or about how the female gaze is interpreted. The writing is often rich, sometimes ridiculous, and never fails to connect with those watching.

Image of Ayesha Griffiths in Triple

These characters are real people with their own stories to tell, and whether they are confident in their skin or flawed and scared, they are never unlikeable. Even in the sequence which is basically a twisted Dragnet, there are giggles to be had. There is a real poignancy and heart within Triple, which I enjoyed reaching into.

The digital version may be simply a record of what was on stage, but you don’t feel excluded from what Griffith and Quist bring to their numerous roles and pieces. I might have welcomed a close-up or two, to make me feel I was on the front row, but that is not everyone’s choice. The set design by Amy Mitchell, and the lighting and video design by Rachel Sampley, gives a richness to this piece.

The Space continue to produce new, challenging, diverse, off-piste, and interesting work in all formats. Here, projection, suggestive puppetry, and more combine into a show which looks at who we are, what we do, and where we are going.

Purchase your ticket to watch Triple here.

Image credit: Izzy Romilly