People Show 130: The Last Straw is a dark, comic two-hander featuring an anonymous man and woman trying to pin down facts, any facts. Imprisoned by the bombardment of modern media and sheltering from disaster, they are forced to guess at what might be true in a world of fake news.
Inspired by the communications overload we face daily in reality, The Last Straw is a visually arresting, tongue-in-cheek look at how to survive with your sanity intact amidst the confusion, fear and anxiety in our information overloaded, post-truth world.
Gareth Brierley from People Show said: “Hate, fear, doubt, fake news, and a constant worry about wifi were the pertinent influences smacking us in the face as we made The Last Straw. We made a show that reflected this world at that time, from a slightly askew angle that covered global and local anxieties. In three weeks we produced a show from nothing, people came and it was fine, we didn’t die and the world didn’t collapse.”
The Last Straw is being performed at the Brighton Fringe ahead of People Show’s return to the Edinburgh Fringe this August. People Show are England’s longest running experimental theatre collective. The Last Straw was originally devised and previewed at Ovalhouse in February 2017 as part of the company’s 50th Anniversary programme and was nominated for a London Off West End award (Offie) in 2018.