I SHOULD HAVE DRUNK MORE CHAMPAGNE


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.’
BENJAMIN LAW – AUTHOR

‘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.’
DAVE SLESWICK – MOTHERBOARD PRODUCTIONS

I Should Have Drunk More Champagne is available to tour.
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