GUEST BLOG: People Show Talk About the Anxiety of Living in a Post-Truth World

People Show, the UK’s longest-running experimental theatre company, present PS 130: The Last Straw as part of our All Is True Festival on June 8-9 at 9pm.

For more info and to book tickets, click here.

Inspired by the digital communications overload we face daily, 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 of a post-truth world.

Gareth Brierley, one of the performers and creators of the piece said: “”When we sat in the rehearsal room on the first day of rehearsal on a cold February morning, we had nothing. Not one bit of text, not one nice image, no catchy upbeat song, absolutely nothing. What we did have was our daily responses to the world at that precise moment and what was occurring every day in front of our eyes. Hate, fear, doubt, fake news, and a constant worry about the WiFi were the pertinent influences smacking us in the face for three weeks. We made a show that reflected this world at that time, from a slightly askew angle that covered the global and the local anxieties combined. It was funny, visually beautiful and in it, we produced a stunning soundtrack that is an honor to listen to in every run through. 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. It was a risk, but everything feels risky at the moment and on stage, I wouldn’t want it any other way”

The Last Straw was originally devised and previewed at Ovalhouse in February 2017 as part of the company’s 50th Anniversary programme. It was nominated for the London Off West End TBC award in 2018, for productions that defy convention. After its appearance at Camden People’s Theatre it will move to Summerhall for the full duration of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Make sure to see it on 8th and 9th June at 9pm as part of All is True Festival. Click here for tickets.