Is male mental health and suicide a laughing matter? It is when it’s handled as sensitively and ‘poignantly’ as in Tom Stocks’ comedy Netflix & Chill, now running at London’s Drayton Arms Theatre. We’ve rounded up the review highlights. Time to get booking – must finish 29 February!
Ben is a working-class chef whose life spirals out of control after trying to rekindle a relationship with his mum. His work, friendships and love life are all tested as his week goes from bad to worse. In this dark comedy exploring mental health and toxic masculinity, you’ll get a glimpse into Ben’s inner monologue when he’s “Netflix & Chilling”, including stories of tragic sexual conquests, Magaluf prostitutes, and ejaculating into a bus tray.
Author Tom Stocks plays Ben. A working-class actor, director and producer, Stocks is also the founder of Actor Awareness, which campaigns for more equality, diversity and working-class talent in the arts and aims to provide a community and voice for these disenfranchised groups. Netflix & Chill is co-produced by Actor Awareness and JLA Productions, an independent company specialising in socially conscious theatre.
Tom Stocks is joined in the cast by Emily Ellis, Julie Binysh, Charlotte Price and Joseph Lindoe (who also co-produces). The production is directed by JLA co-founder Luke Adamson.
Really enjoyed Netflix & Chill @draytonarmsSW5 tonight. Beautiful, tonally adept direction from @ActLukeAdamson and a fantastic central performance from @Tom_Stocks. And bonus points for an unexpected catch up with the Bobby Dazzler himself @Heimdall27.
— Matthew Parker (@MatthewParker75) February 11, 2020
Netflix & Chill runs from 11 to 29 February 2020 at the Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton Road, London SW5 0LJ, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £14-16. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!