Post-apocalyptic comedy, The Bastard Queen makes its London debut at The Pleasance on Wednesday after proving a hit at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Newcomers, Naughty Corner Productions, specialises in shows with a dark and comical edge.
Their debut show began as a dissertation piece between five drama students at Edge Hill University. From this, the idea of a post-apocalyptic comedy was conceived, and The Bastard Queen was born.
The comedy follows the survival of the last five people on the planet. Everything is gone. Everyone.
Four lone survivors, banded together by uncertain events struggle through life – or what is left of it. Then on a day as bleak as any other, a stranger arrives from the nothingness and disturbs the fragile balance of the group.
The end is catching up with them, and with only their imaginations, endless rubbish and a grail-like find to entertain them, they decide to look at the brighter side of things, after all, it’s only the end of the world.
The play is littered with witty musings, laugh-out-loud comedy, and even touching, human moments.
This emotionally dynamic production tackles topics ranging from what defines being ‘up’ in the morning, to starvation, to personal intimacy, all with a comical twist.
Co-written with Jemma Lynch and directed by Mikee Dickinson, it stars Nick Fraser (Illumination and They Shoot Dogs), Jemma Lynch, Megan Bond, Winston Branche and Kate Brady.
The Bastard Queen runs in the StageSpace – Pleasance London
from January 7-11. (Contains mature themes that some audience members may find offensive.)