This month, Chronic Insanity have brought their immersive gig theatre to Clapham’s Omnibus Theatre
Chronic Insanity, a Nottingham based theatre company, led by Nat Henderson and Joe Strickland, always strives to deliver thought-provoking and visually stimulating live performances.
Their current show, 24,23,22, is a ‘brand new gig-theatre show with scuzzy beats, stolen handbags and the reversal of the flow of time. Written by Doug Deans, who we see on stage at all times behind his DJ deck, this show really does pack a punch. Ruth Page and Joe Matty play Fran and Brendan, two strangers whose lives suddenly collide and change forever. Both performers maintain their high energy levels throughout the hour-long show, delivering each line with perfect precision, and the audience holds onto every single word they say.
What starts out as a seemingly ordinary day, results in two strangers meeting in the middle in a moment which ultimately changes their lives forever. Time flowing forwards and spiralling backwards, music beats and racing hearts are what really drive this show.
Watching this 24,23,22 truly felt like a privilege, this show is punchy and important, shedding light on what it means to be human in a world that is slowly falling apart. When you leave, you’ll find yourself wanting to check in on your mates or give your family a call; it is heart-breaking and heart-warming in equal measure. The intimate setting of the Omnibus resulted in a captivating and immersive experience, and you can’t help but get lost in their world. Led completely by spoken word and gritty beats, both performers transport the audience into their worlds, you have no choice but to lean in and listen to what they have to say.
24,23,22 is on at the Omnibus Theatre in Clapham until the 21st of May – this really isn’t a show you want to miss!