True to it's title, In Bed starts in a very ordinary double bed, with a blue checkered duvet and an excess of pillows. Seasoned Improviser, MC and Director Brendon Bennetts welcomes the audience to the makeshift bedroom on BATS theatre’s second floor, with warmth and confidence. In his intro, Bennetts tells us why he wanted to stage a show in a bed, explaining that we spend most of our time in bed yet rarely see it accounted for on-stage. In Bed aims to shine a little light on the intimate, moving, sexy and funny moments that can occur between the sheets.
The cast of improvisers - unique to this performance - are welcomed warmly onstage and invited into the bed for a round of short tableaux. Each one offers a strong dynamic and sets up the audience for a fun show with lots of juicy potential. The audience clearly enjoys the sweetness of the show overall and some of the stronger moments involving bold characterisation and connection from the performers. Responding with generous laughter and applause, the team of improvisers, led by Bennetts’ good-natured charm, are successful in seducing us into the simple format.
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