What would happen if the world ended and the only two people left to rebuild it were a pair of clowns? Scram Collective’s new Camden Fringe show Fools of the Apocalypse offers the answer. Time to book your tickets!
The playful romp through the end of times runs at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre from 17 to 20 August 2019.
After the world has been decimated by a catastrophic event, two clowns rise from the ashes and find that they are the last people on the planet. Between them, they must ensure their own survival and rebuild civilisation as they knew it. Only one problem stands in their way: They’re both idiots.
Fools of the Apocalypse offers a much needed dose of high-spirited humour in a world becoming ever more tired of political tensions and grandstanding. Its central premise reflects a fear of catastrophe recently reignited like never before by growing tensions between races, countries and unions; if the world ended, how would we cope? Fools of the Apocalypse looks to explore this on an individual level. As two people learn to adapt to their new apocalyptic surroundings, we see how humans can make the best of the worst situations. The production offers a playful take on a doomsday scenario whilst highlighting the resilience of the human spirit at times of crisis.
When the production ran at the Shoebox Theatre earlier this summer, The Swindonian described it as “An extremely enjoyable 45 minutes of beguiling and full-heartened silliness.”
Scram Collective Artistic Director Alex Newport stars in the production alongside Georgia Andrews. The company, which describes itself as, “Dark, comic and a little bit unusual” was founded by Newport and Heather Millar to be a theatre company that would try anything they could think of.
Among the things they have tried in the past are a co-production of Romeo And Juliet with Cream-Faced Loons, where one company rehearsed the roles of the Montagues, the other rehearsed the Capulets, and the two did not meet until the first performance, and dark comedy about absolute power, Whimsy, which ran at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre last year and was described as “Brilliantly executed” by View from The Gods.
Fools of the Apocalypse is among 300 shows beings staged as part of the Camden Fringe in 2019. Among the others that can be seen at the London Fringe festival are one-woman clowning tale of looking for love and loving yourself Unlovable, tale of identity and youth Scenic Reality, dark coming-of-middle-age comedy My Name is Cathy and comedy about a woman aspiring to be a super hostess, Adventures of a Trip Advisor Seaside Guest House Keeper.
Scram Collective’s production runs at the Lion and Unicorn before another post-apocalyptic tale arrives this autumn. At Last, staged by Proforca Theatre and directed by the venue’s Artistic Director David Brady, is the story of a world fallen after 10 years of right-wing oppression and taking the chance to find new hope or tearing open old wounds again.
Fools of the Apocalypse runs at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, 42-44 Gaisford St, Kentish Town, London NW5 2ED from 17 to 20 August 2019 with performances Saturday to Tuesday at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £10. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Full festival programme
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