Peak Stuff production photo. A performer wearing wide-legged paper bag trousers and a pastel-coloured flannel shirt stands squarely centre-stage, with their chin titled upwards and their eyes closed, as they are bathed in reddish, hazy light from behind.
Photo by Steve Gregson
Peak Stuff production photo. A performer wearing wide-legged paper bag trousers and a pastel-coloured flannel shirt stands squarely centre-stage, with their chin titled upwards and their eyes closed, as they are bathed in reddish, hazy light from behind.
Photo by Steve Gregson
Peak Stuff production photo. A performer wearing wide-legged paper bag trousers and a pastel-coloured flannel shirt stands squarely centre-stage, with their chin titled upwards and their eyes closed, as they are bathed in reddish, hazy light from behind.
Photo by Steve Gregson
Peak Stuff production image: A performer with short black hair and wearing cargo trousers and a loose checked shirt in a dynamic pose reaching down to the side with their arms, their face contorted as though straining to pull. The background shows a large arch made of blocks. Mottled blue-green light shines through haze.
Photo by Steve Gregson
Peak Stuff production image: a performer with short black hair and wearing cargo trousers and a loose checked shirt sitting on the edge of the stage, looking up with a thoughtful expression. Projections behind show digital private messages discussing purchasing something online.
Photo by Steve Gregson
Peak Stuff production image: a performer with short black hair and wearing cargo trousers and a loose checked shirt. They hold their arms to the sides, their expression incredulous. Behind, on raised platform, is a drummer sitting behind a large drum kit. Both are lit by warm, yellow-toned light.
Photo by Steve Gregson

ThickSkin presents

Peak Stuff

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A messed-up show for messed-up times

Alice is done with fast fashion. Ben can’t stop buying trainers. And Charlie just wants to sell out… one organ at a time. Peak Stuff features three fast-paced, funny, f***ed-up stories, taking a deep-dive into consumer culture. In an age of thrifting, retail therapy, climate crisis and click and collect – how does ‘stuff’ define us? And do we know when to stop?

Award-winning theatre company ThickSkin have teamed up with the writing talents of Billie Collins (Too Much World at Once) to produce one of the most visually thrilling and inventive shows you will see this year.

Underscored by live drumming and featuring a spectacular video design, one actor plays three characters trying to save the world or themselves. Multiple stories collide to chip away at the role consumer culture plays in shaping our identity. Directed by ThickSkin’s Neil Bettles (How Not To Drown, The Unreturning), Peak Stuff is a cautionary tale for modern times.

“Digitally, visually and musically astonishing storytelling.” (Audience Member)

“[I feel] creatively invigorated after watching.” (Audience Member)

“Evidence that Billie Collins is one of the most prescient and exciting young voices in theatre today.” (Audience Member)


Commissioned by ThickSkin and Lawrence Batley Theatre

Winner of the New Play Commission Scheme (Writers’ Guild of Great Britain)

★★★★★

“Truly stunning”

The Scotsman (How Not To Drown)

“Manchester-based theatre mavericks”

Creative Tourist

Age 14+
This performance contains strong language, flashing images and loud music. It features themes of mental illness, death, and climate anxiety.

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