Inspired by the cult US writer’s short story Mister Squishy, Focus Group* is a comedy with a dark heart, exploring the loneliness and absurdity of modern life and consumer culture with humanity and humour. It is strange, unsettling and playful. The production celebrates the human drive to continue in what can feel like an increasingly remote reality. Through TOOT’s distinctive style of interactive performance, the company provokes audiences to consider whether a real connection is possible at all.
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.
"You shouldn’t miss Toot’s exquisitely crafted and often painfully funny Focus Group" ★★★★ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
Running time: 70mins
An Ovalhouse co-production. Originally seed commissioned by South Street Arts Centre with support from Derby Theatre, The New Wolsey and Shoreditch Town Hall, using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.