Author: Ben Elton
Director: Andrew Cross
Production Manager: Corinna Bennett
“Gasping” is a brilliantly funny satire from the legendary writer Ben Elton (Blackadder, The Young Ones). This March Stagecraft is proud to present this quick-fire comedy and farcical story exposing the dubious ethics of big business.
Lockheart Industries is making serious money - if God wanted to buy into their stock he'd have to think twice and talk to his people. But the CEO Sir Chiffley Lockheart just wants the buzz that finding a way to make money where none has existed before gives him. Philip, a pushy executive, offers him the “Suck and Blow,” an invention to produce designer air. “Perrier for the nostrils” becomes the marketing phenomenon of the decade. People start hoarding air for a rainy day and oxygen supplies run low. The Third World is plundered, creating a greater divide between the haves and have-nots. The world starts gasping and only the biggest suckers will survive.
"A sharp-witted satire on the heartlessness of market forces... extremely funny. . . [it] never, unlike the world's population, runs out of puff. . . "(Independent - UK)
"A poisonously funny morality play." (Sunday Times
Last updated 14 April 2015