Rockbottom review – a raw and personal journey into chemsex hell
The Place, London
Stuart Waters uses his full-on autobiographical solo show to document the downward spiral of an addiction to crystal meth.
It was a Tuesday afternoon when Stuart Waters was found unconscious by the side of the road. He lay in hospital for five days before being identified. “It could go either way,’’ says a voice on the soundtrack.
It seems incredible then, that Waters is here in front of us. Careening around the stage, his strong body glistens with sweat. He stamps to the beat, with head thrown back and arms sweeping through the hot pink beam of the disco light.
A former dancer with Protein, recognisable by his cheeky grin, Waters’ debut choreography is a frank and full-on autobiographical solo show that chronicles the hidden side of his life: a spiralling addiction to crystal meth and the dangerous world of chemsex.
He lays it all out there, the appalling lows and perilous highs, while drawing the audience into his overwhelming hunger to lose himself in pure sensation. Even while showing us the horror of the comedown.Continue reading...