The Watercooler - Issue #60: A Hard Pill to Swallow

Drugs. Drink. Debauchery.

Drugs. Drink. Debauchery.

Sometimes we need a lil liquid courage, smoking bud calms our nerves, the hug drug takes the edge off. Uppers, poppers, dropping a tab. Party assistance is just a pill away. We all have performance enhancing assistance every now and then but what happens when the truth about how we use is a hard pill to swallow?

Join Chlöe Swarbrick, Michaela Spratt and Ed Wilson as they spin yarns about their thoughts on substance use culture in Aotearoa.

Issue #60 is hosted by Alice Kirker. Alice is the co-producer of The Watercooler and Basement Theatre's 2019 Producer in Residence. She also co-founded emerging theatre company The Oddballs. Some of her most notable work includes FLAPS, Run Rabbit and Fleshies.

Inspired by many well-known storytelling events held worldwide (The Moth, This American Life), The Watercooler is a platform for people from all walks to tell stories both true and imagined. Storytellers are given a simple brief to share a story inspired by the month’s theme, whether based on real-life experiences or entirely fictional.

R16 - Some content may offend.

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