Focus Group* - a new TOOT play




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Published on Oct 6, 2016

★★★★ "You shouldn’t miss Toot’s exquisitely crafted and often painfully funny Focus Group" - Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

★★★★ "innovative, surreal and experimental" - The Stage

★★★★ "hysterically funny, while addressing profound existential issues" - Everything Theatre

"this parable of limiting life down to human usefulness is as beautiful as it is bleak" - Exeunt

16 FEB: South Street Arts Centre, Reading
18 Feb: Bridport Arts Centre
7 May: The Old Market, Brighton
With more dates to be announced soon....

"For a whole day afterwards my brain kept having realisation explosions, a chain reaction of revelations that lead to slowly being able to comprehend just exactly how many levels on which this piece of work is operating." - Alt Reading on Preview Performance

A focus group on Mr Kipling cakes slides into the inner world of a lonely man. Inspired by the cult US writer’s short story Mister Squishy, Focus Group* is an absurd comedy with a dark heart, exploring the loneliness and absurdity of modern life and consumer culture with humanity and humour. It is dark, unsettling and playful. And there’s a lion’s head…

Sit back, eat (individually wrapped, luxury) cake, and see a man gradually relinquish the delusion that he matters in the slightest.... And then go back to watching kitten videos on Facebook.

Created & performed by Stuart Barter, Clare Dunn & Terry O’Donovan
Produced by Faith Dodkins
Dramaturgy by Nina Steiger
Design by Jackie Shemesh


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