The Last Quiz Night on Earth will leave traditional venues and head to a series of intimate venues over the next two weeks around Bury, Ramsbottom, Oldham and Irlam.
Audiences are immediately immersed in the spectacle – a comedy based on the idea that an asteroid is heading towards earth and the world is about to end.
Owner Kathy and quizmaster Rav prepare for their final hours and unexpected visitors show up for the ultimate pub quiz.
Ironically, the play should have continued at Oldham on the day the first lockdown was imposed. Two years later, it’s the end of all systems.
The comedy was written by Alison Carr and is directed by Box of Tricks.
“The idea of a quiz night kept coming back to me, but I turned it down because I was worried it had been done too often before,” Alison said. “So I kept plugging in and over-complicating things, until finally I was like okay, lean into it – a quiz night AND what? A quiz night AND the end of the world is on the It all opened up from there and a quiz night became the only way to tell this story.
“It brings so much to explore like unity and community, camaraderie, competitiveness. Add to that an asteroid heading straight for us, and the stakes rise. It’s the last chance to say the unsaid , to heal divides, to have the last word, to make peace with regrets or to try to do something about them.
After spending so long agonizing over the play, Alison then saw her run across the UK cut short by Covid.
“I’m glad we were able to bring him back,” she said.
“Like all plays that had to close in March 2019, it was very abrupt and it feels like unfinished business ever since. Kathy, Rav, Fran and Bobby are characters that have been in my life for so long now, and I am delighted to spend time with them again.
“Plus, I’ve written a brand new quiz for the show – so if you’ve seen it before, you can come back and take part again!”
One of the main features of Last Quiz is how the characters will react with the audience.
“It’s been quite a change for me and the way I write,” Alison said.
“My starting point was to write something fun. By the time I got the call from Box of Tricks, I had been researching a lot of serious, dark material for other plays I was writing. It takes its toll, so when Hannah (Tyrrell-Pinder, Director) contacted me, my first thoughts were “yes please” and “for my own well-being, this must be fun”.
“Plus, I always want to challenge myself, not trot out the same old, same old. And just like ‘dark’ doesn’t mean humorless or tough, ‘fun’ certainly doesn’t equate to something fluffy. or meaningless. It’s the end of the world, after all.”
For audiences wondering if this might be for them, Alison said, “Well, there’s a quiz – a real one. You don’t have to be good at quizzes (I’m not) or, if you are, awesome – come show off.
“And when you’re not trying to remember which UK city hosted the 1970 Commonwealth Games, a story unfolds around you of family, regrets and last chances.
“I wouldn’t want anyone other than Box of Tricks to make The Last Quiz Night On Earth. Their work is never pretentious or intimidating, it’s welcoming and warm and a great night out. What better way to spend the apocalypse? »
The Last Quiz Night on Earth will take place at Two Tubs, Bury on Thursday 10th March; Ramsbottom Cricket Club on March 11 and 12; Bank Top Tavern, Oldham, March 14-15 and Irlam Station March 22-26. Bury Met, Oldham Coliseum or The Lowry tickets for the relevant venue