QUIZ NIGHT AT THE BRITANNIA by Stuart Lee
Performed at The Copa Bar Function Room, Oxford
‘Quiz Night at the Britannia’ is a political comedy set over three weeks on the Quiz Night of a town centre pub. Local and national politics effecting the local area is told through the story of the future downfall of ‘the pub’ and the ‘regulars’ own stories of job loss, relationship break down and daily droll. The script cleverly weaves from conversation to conversation, with lines overlapping, one characters line maybe ending another characters speech in a punchy joke, or political point.
In the style of a pub quiz night, the show was performed every Thursday through a three month summer run.
The venue of the function room at the Copa Bar suited the performance perfectly as a slightly run down, old fashioned style pub/bar. The audience were seated around pub tables in a cabaret style, with the performance taking place in the bar and utilising the real pub space creating an encompassing environment for the performers and audience alike.
The script was integrated with a traditional pub quiz that the audience members participated in with the characters in the play. Local businesses provided prizes to the winning teams each week, and all the quiz teams were thoroughly involved in both the play and the quiz, with fantastic impulsive interaction between the audience and the characters and a strong competitive spirit between the quiz teams.
This was a fun interactive piece of theatre, encouraging non-theatre goers to enjoy a theatrical performance in an unusual setting, as well as a political piece that invoked thought on local politics and encouraged people to support locals pubs.