On Thursday evening, audiences joined at The Welcome Inn in Salford, Robert Hall Street, for the performance of The Last Quiz Night on Earth.
Written by Alison Carr, members of the public were invited for a quiz night at the pub by landlady Kathy (played by Meriel Scholfield) and Rav the quizmaster (Shaban Dar). As an asteroid headed for earth, audiences were in for an evening of twists and turns.
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The Manchester-based theatre company, Box of Tricks, have had many successful productions including Chip Shop Chips which sold out twice. This performance was set in a chip shop and follows the story of love through different generations. Their performance of The Last Quiz Night on Earth is extremely immersive and comedic for audiences to watch.
What seems like a typical pub quiz, set in a typical pub, the pre-apocalyptic comedy includes audiences in the show.
Rav, played by Shaban Dar, really engaged the public as he encouraged them to get “quizzical”. Shaban said: “The show is about a character called Rav and a landlady who owns this pub and the audience are coming to this pub because the world is coming to an end.
“The audience get to join in and play a quiz as well as go on the character’s journeys with them.”
As the show goes on, he explained, “two characters come in, Fran and Bobby, they instigate things with Kathy and Rav”.
The play follows the character’s journeys as they try to make amends before time on earth is up. Bobby, Kathy’s brother, wants to see his sister one last time whilst Fran wants to declare her love for Rav.
The Last Quiz Night is entertaining but also addresses serious elements, something which Shaban said: “It’s got a lot of heartfelt moments and some serious moments as well.”
Shaban added that “audience reactions have been brilliant and that’s what we wanted for the first week”. He said how viewers felt like they were watching a TV programme.
During the performance, audiences are able to connect with the characters by watching their struggles and how they plan to fix their problems, such as sibling conflict, before it is too late.
This was the actor’s first time performing in a play that interacts with an audience so much. He also explained how the cast use audience’s reactions to help improvise what happens next.
The Last Quiz Night opened in Salford last Tuesday and ended on Saturday 16 February. The Spring 2020 tour runs until April 11 across the North West in venues such as theatre bars and village halls.
For more information such as future venues and tickets visit Box of Tricks website.