Rum in the Gravy Boat by Fluid Motion Theatre Company

Artform: Theatre

★★★★ – Broadway Baby

★★★★ – Box Five Review

‘First Class’ – British Theatre Guide

You’re ten years old, dads left and mum’s an alcoholic. You find salvation in performing. You can do a wicked Greased Lightning.

Playful and energetic yet moving and raw, Rum in the Gravy Boat is a story about sexual awakenings, plastic microphones, an alcoholic mother and alopecia. Based on the actor’s own life and developed through Fluid Motion’s unique autobiographical style, this is a personal account of how theatre can make sense of the past.

Conceived, devised and performed by Leigh Johnstone & Ali Gill

Directed by Leigh Johnstone & Ali Gill

Sound design by Will Tyas

Set design by Sam Wilde

About Fluid Motion Theatre Company

Fluid Motion is a mental health theatre company based in Basingstoke. We create performances on a wide range of mental health themes as well as delivering education and community work.

We make theatre that puts human experience front and centre. Using our distinctive autobiographical style our performances are playful, energetic and thought-provoking. Our aim is to create theatre that gets people talking about mental health.

Fluid Motion’s productions are devised by the company and collaborators, where possible work with other new and emerging artists who are creating work around mental health themes.

Directors of the company and performers, Ali Gill and Leigh Johnstone, have personal or first-hand experiences of mental health problems. We believe that this makes us special, Rum in the Gravy Boat is Leigh’s response to a childhood growing up with a parent addicted to alcohol.

Fluid Motion are supported by multiple partner organisations including Hampshire County Council, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.