Drink With a Chimp and Recovery Stories
Watch the mini documentary about the show above.
“There is a sense that this company has got ‘under the skin’ to develop a play that has found both the misery of addiction and the communal hope – even joy – of those that are rediscovering dignity and self-worth. Those that literally have been given back their lives. … You don’t have to be an addict to recognise its relevance to all of our experiences.” – The Public Reviews
Recovery Stories and Drink with a Chimp are two linked shows that formed Common Chorus Theatre’s first endeavour. Over the course of 18 months we made two community theatre pieces with clients at Spacious Places Recovery Centre in Leeds. The second was a standalone half hour performance which we directed and a collective of clients performed to an audience of family members and peers from the Recovery Community. It was an amazing success.
Following on from this we put together a team of artists and performers to create Drink With a Chimp, a performance that could tour to recovery centres and studio theatres in response to the clients stories. ‘The Chimp’ was inspired by Dr Steve Peters bestselling self-development book ‘The Chimp Paradox‘ which forms a core part of the Spacious Places recovery programme. Steve Peters actually gave us an interview for the show and featured as a character in it!
Drink With a Chimp toured in West and North Yorkshire in the summer of 2016 with six shows at five venues and received great feedback, particularly from the recovery community. We also had a fabulous review here.