3Some – What Would You Do If You Discovered The Man You Love is Gay?
Review of 3Some By Alison Jane Reid
Have you ever left the theatre after seeing a brilliant play, where the protagonists crawl ruthlessly under your skin, and then you begin to wonder, what might happen, if their lives and loves continued, long after the curtain has fallen?
3Some is a play that can do that. Three thirty somethings – Jenny, Paul and Rob meet at university and become inseparable. Jenny gets engaged to Paul and looks forward to a rose-tinted life of happy every after. Then, six months of living together go by, and her fiancee hasn’t come near her. They don’t have sex. It’s at this point she discovers the shocking truth. That her relationship is a sham of lies, sexual deceit, jealousy and longing, but not for her – her soulmate is gay and in love with their mutual best friend. He asked Jenny to marry him so that Rob couldn’t have her – a twisted act of revenge.
Gifford came to acting relatively late. At 28, the former hospital administrator from Brighton, was turned down by just about every major drama school in London for being ‘too old’, to study drama, despite being told she could definitely act. Being a force of nature sort of girl, she didn’t give up. Eventually, Gifford won a place at Middlesex University and four years on, 3Some is her first play.
Over coffee and Danish pastries at Le Pain Quotidien, she hints that the storyline isn’t fiction; it is based on real life. If Gifford is the real Jenny, she isn’t telling; but it does add an extra frisson to the unfolding chaos. The play hurtles to a cliffhanger after Paul lays bare his true sexuality. In a moment of insecurity, despair and abandon, Jenny entices the friends into a three-some, and then she runs off with Rob when, in a faux act of gallantry he declares ‘ if you were my girl – I wouldn’t leave you alone for five minutes’. Yes! It’s naughty, fun and deliciously messy, and the twists and turns make Eastenders look like a fairytale. It also leaves you wanting more.
And that’s what Gifford and Carbrera deliver. In a first for a play, 3Some doesn’t stop when the curtain comes down. The action simply moves onto the web for a thoroughly addictive, will they or won’t, web-based soap, for people who don’t watch soaps. It is a brilliant idea. The misunderstandings, the regrets, the discarded g-strings, the naval gazing down the pub with mates and the tragic-comedy just keep coming. Gifford is a fizzing, fresh, audacious talent – and I can’t wait for the next instalment. It’s bound to be messy and sour-sweet.
Alison Jane Reid