Mr Re­cov­ery

Here’s how to get fixed with­out get­ting your “fix”…

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De­spite the laughs, The Sober Com­pan­ion is se­ri­ous busi­ness for cre­ator Trevor Gumbi. Sea­son 1 Mon­days SABC3 (*193) 21:00

Co­me­dian and ac­tor Trevor Gumbi is the sober com­pan­ion, ad­vi­sor, fixer and shoul­der to cry on in 13-episode dram­edy The Sober Com­pan­ion (2016- cur­rent). And it’s some­thing close to his heart, as the show is loosely based on Trevor’s life and his strug­gle over­com­ing ad­dic­tion to co­caine a few years ago. We got the 35-year- old to lift the lid on his role, as well as how he keeps things fresh and re­lat­able for the au­di­ence.

Why make a show about ad­dic­tion? I’ve been putting it to­gether for a long time and things fell into place with writer and ac­tress Tif­fany [Bar­buzano who plays Dr Grace]. Each episode cor­re­lates [to one of] the 12 steps that drug and al­co­hol ad­dicts ex­pe­ri­ence in re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion. The 13th episode, well, that’s a sur­prise. And the rea­son I cre­ated The Sober Com­pan­ion was be­cause I was ad­dicted to co­caine and I took the steps to get clean in 2012. The show sort of de­picts my jour­ney to­wards re­cov­ery. Was it a ther­a­peu­tic ex­pe­ri­ence? It was ther­a­peu­tic. I found a sense of clo­sure while do­ing it; it wasn’t dif­fi­cult. Think­ing of the ad­dic­tion and try­ing to get into the headspace of the ad­dic­tion made me learn more about my­self. What do you hope your au­di­ence will learn?

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