2013 – presented by Metro Arts

I regret not fighting for what we had…

I regret letting fear take over…

I regret having sex with a trombone player…

Dark shards best left buried, strung out to sparkle. 

Based on 500 anonymous submissions of regrets (offered without context or explanation), this sumptuous, close-confines work is a considered and uncomfortable look at possibilities lost and heartbreaking memories gained. Enter a world of sad pandas, empty dancefloors and decaying 80s power ballads where private pain is handed a microphone and given a witness: you.

“I should have drunk more champagne…” was the late-life musing of revered economist John Maynard Keynes and the title of the first in a triptych of theatre works that engages prospective audiences as anonymous makers. This work opened Metro Arts Basement space in 2013 and attracted acclaim for re-positioning regret as an edifying, human, experience.

I SHOULD HAVE DRUNK MORE CHAMPAGNE is proud to acknowledge the support of Creative Sparks. Creative Sparks is a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

‘The most wonderful and life-affirming theatre…The Good Room [are] exceptional and will go far.’

‘I SHOULD HAVE DRUNK MORE CHAMPAGNE’ was a superbly crafted, piece of contemporary performance that allowed the audience a brief moment to reflect on their own lives…it wasn’t overrun with tricky theatrics or showmanship, but was grounded in the real words of the real people who submitted their regrets.’

I Should Have Drunk More Champagne is available to tour.
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