An asteroid is heading towards Earth, so what you would do? Head to your local pub for a quiz of course!
The critically acclaimed play from production company Box of Tricks, ‘The Last Quiz Night on Earth’, has finally announced its postponed arrival in Manchester – opening at The Derby Brewery Arms in Cheetham Hill on Wednesday 23rd February.
The immersive play, written by Alison Carr, offers audiences a very different experience of live performance, with Landlady Kathy inviting audiences to the very last quiz night on Earth with Quizmaster Rav – the ‘host with the most’.
But with time ticking (an asteroid is heading to Earth), some unexpected guests turn up out of the blue. People want to settle old scores and have one last shot at love. Expect the unexpected to the bitter end and plenty of drama as the show gets quizzical!
The explosive pre-apocalyptic comedy – which was cancelled midway through its 2020 tour due to COVID-19 restrictions – will be staged in urban and rural venues across the country, including theatres, village halls, community spaces and local pubs – enabling the play to connect with audiences right at the heart of their communities.
The immersive play smashes the fourth wall as audiences are plunged into the drama of the show.
The Last Quiz Night on Earth is produced by award-winning Manchester-based theatre company Box of Tricks who recently won critical acclaim with its productions SparkPlug, Narvik and Under Three Moons and two sold-out tours of Chip Shop Chips. It is written by Alison Carr, directed by Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder, executive producer is Max Emmerson, with design by Katie Scott.
Adam Quayle Joint Artistic Director for Box of Tricks said: “We’re delighted to be able to bring The Last Quiz Night on Earth back to venues across the UK in 2022. When we had to prematurely close the production in 2020 the subject of the play almost felt a little too real, although unfortunately we couldn’t even head to the pub! We can’t wait to see people back in their local venues having a great night out with their friends, enjoying the show and, of course, having a good ‘quiz’ at the same time!”
Playwright Alison Carr explains the background to the new play: “I wanted to combine the known and the unknown, the safe and the downright terrifying. My vision was to create something that audiences don’t just sit and watch but are part of – but not in a scary way. A quiz is something we can all do – whether we’re a general knowledge expert or the neatest so we can do the writing!
“The Last Quiz Night on Earth was so much fun to research and write. I know a lot about asteroids now, and the answers to a fair amount of quiz questions! I’m so excited that the play will be brought back to life to share with new audiences this year”
Director Hannah Tyrrell-Pinder added: “Alison is a writer of real talent, crafting plays of depth, wit and real emotional warmth and the Last Quiz Night on Earth is a truly a unique piece – a pre-apocalyptic comedy bringing people together through the power of trivia for a great night out. Following our success touring Chip Shop Chips to the heart of communities, we’re really looking forward to revisiting some wonderful places and spaces as well as discovering new, exciting locations”
Grab a drink and join The Last Quiz Night on Earth book tickets below. Let’s get quizzical, quizzical!
The Last Quiz Night on Earth
Dates: Wednesday 23rd – Saturday 26th February
Venue: The Derby Brewery Arms
Cost: PWYD Donation