Focus Group*

Venue: South Street (Directions)

Thu 16 Feb, 20:00

Advisory age: 14+



*or How to Stare Down & Transfigure Loneliness

a play after David Foster Wallace

Inspired by cult US writer David Foster Wallace’s short story Mister Squishy, Focus Group* is an absurd comedy with a dark heart, exploring the absurdity of modern life and consumer culture with humanity and humour. It is dark, 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.

An Ovalhouse co-production. Originally seed commissioned by South Street Arts Centre with support from Derby Theatre, The New Wolsey, & Shoreditch Town Hall, using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.


Ticket information

£12, £10 concessions, £8 members - become a member

Venue info

South Street

21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

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Contact: Box Office: 0118 960 6060; Administration: 0118 937 3456

Box office is open at South Street Arts Centre on performance days one hour before the show (subject to availability)

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