A battleground with one actor, four characters, and a drunk driving accident involving a teenage mutant ninja turtle watch. Can you help an alcoholic who doesn’t want to be helped?
It’s Richard’s 4th day in hospital, involuntarily detoxing, and he’s itching for a drink. Cherie, his wife is barely keeping her head above water. Jamie, their son, who is somewhere between a boy and a man is now faced with what life would be like without a dad, and Kimberley, the ambulance paramedic at Richard’s crash has to face the past in order to be set free.
A one-woman show from New Zealand inspired by real events and experiences had by an alcoholic. All the ingredients that make up the cocktail of sobriety have been shaken, stirred, drunk, and spat out.
Renee Buckland is the writer and performer of 'Sobriety on the rocks’. Born and Bred in New Zealand, Renee finished school and went onto study dance at Brent Street Performing Arts in Sydney, Australia. Post Graduation she got a contract performing in Shanghai, China for the Walt Disney Company. Once realising she wanted to focus more on acting training she studied at TAP in Auckland, New Zealand in 2019 and then went onto continue studies at East15 Acting School in London where she was given the opportunity to write for the first time and perform in her own one-woman show.
Director Tadeas Moravec spent his younger years taking part in several productions at the Divadio Komedie Theatre under the direction of Michal Docekal- a former director at the National Theatre in Prague. After graduating from Waldorf Lyceum, he was accepted for an acting program at East 15 Acting school in London where he directed his first play 'Sobriety on the rocks' as part of the International Festival.
Press & Reviews
The Reviews Hub ****
"A powerful, engaging piece that encourages one to look byond headlines. It is not only the alcoholic who has to fight with the bottle, those around them are drafted in to fight too. Buckland's portrait of these reluctant warriors is a compelling one."
London Pub Theatre Magazine *****
"For anyone who has ever been touched by alcoholism thier stories hit a nerve, they speak nothing but the truth. It is very moving. There's no judgement here. Just really really great theatre."
The Spy in the Stalls ****
"An intoxicating performance souses in brutual honesty"
Cast & Creative Team Director: Tadeas Moravec
Writer/Performer: Renèe Buckland
Lighting/Sound: Jasmine Kint
Music Mixer: Frankie Golding