Box of Tricks theatre company’s new UK tour has opened to acclaim from both audiences and reviewers.
Critics have praised playwright Alison Carr’s immersive pre-apocalyptic comedy The Last Show on Earth, describing it as “a fun, innovative slice of theatre”, “a joy to experience” and “a gem of a show”.
The tour opened last week at the Welcome Inn in Salford, in association with The Lowry, where it played to sell-out audiences, and runs until Saturday 11 April 2020.
The unique production is being staged in unusual spaces including village halls, community arts centres and local pubs as well as more traditional theatre venues.
It’s the final countdown. Landlady Kathy invites audiences to the last quiz night on earth with Quizmaster Rav. He’s the host with the most. But with time ticking, some unexpected guests turn up out of the blue. Bobby wants to settle old scores, and Fran wants one last shot at love. Expect the unexpected to the bitter end and plenty of drama as the show gets quizzical!
The Last Quiz Night on Earth breaks the fourth wall, plunging audiences in to the drama of the show.
It stars RADA-trained TV actress Meriel Scholfield as pub landlady Kathy, Shaban Dar as quizmaster Rav, and Chris Jack and Amy Drake as unexpected guests Bobby and Fran.
The show is produced by Box Of Tricks Theatre Company, directed by Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder and designed by Katie Scott. Associate producer is Max Emmerson.
Adam Quayle, Joint Artistic Director at Box Of Tricks said “The first week of the tour has been a blast! People have loved the show and really thrown themselves into the quiz. We’ve had fantastic feedback from audiences and look forward to taking the show out on the road and into the heart of local communities.”
Playwright Alison Carr received critical acclaim for her plays Caterpillar and Iris, and her play Tuesday has been commissioned for the National Theatre’s 2020 Connections programme.