Francesca Beard survives a post-truth apocalypse

A LOT has happened since Francesca Beard last trod the boards – she is back for a tour, reflecting on some of the changes in How To Survive A Post-Truth Apocalypse, with her first West Country date at the Nuffield NST City theatre in Southampton city centre on 19th February.

Following a sell-out performance at London’s Roundhouse, Beard’s one-woman show is now on tour with an exciting blend of storytelling, verse, spoken word, audience interaction and a game of ‘Whose Lie Is It Anyway’ as she leads audiences on a journey to explore lies in all their forms and what it means to be human.

In this full-length show, the Malaysian-born performance poet explores a stranger than fiction underworld of lies, fabrications and ‘facts’. Through a series of fabulous encounters, the audiences will hear many lies from political spin, to polite half-truths, to the lies we live by: ‘Capitalism is a meritocracy’, ‘Grandma, I love this cardigan’ and ‘Yes, I have read the terms and conditions’.

How to Survive A Post-Truth Apocalypse asks: ‘What is the global cost of make-believe?’, ‘Are all humans liars?’ and ‘Can the truth set us free?’ Beard says: “Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been fascinated by the blurred lines between imagination and reality. It’s the realisation of a dream, to make a show that explores the exhilarating risks and responsibilities of our most incredible super-power: story-telling.

“It feels vital to tour it at this surreal time, where our leaders spin fantasies of fear from fictional facts and the man with the hugest nuclear button lives in a cloudy consensus reality where climate change is a myth.”

How To Survive A Post-Truth Apocalypse will also be at Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre on 1st June.