Lesbian-feminist theatre combining spoken word, movement and Zoom technology is coming to Manchester

Last Gasp, performed by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, is a response to a world turned upside down…

By Emma Davidson | 22 November 2022

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Launching at Contact at the end of the month, Last Gasp is a fierce, feminist performance that questions themes surrounding ‘demise’. 

Something that comes hand in hand with life and ageing, the performance focuses on the demise of ageing bodies, civil conversation, and a sustainable planet – which the COVID-19 pandemic heightened even further.

The two-year long lockdown arrived and knocked out the majority of the population, as did the period of civil unrest that marched under the banner of ‘I can’t breathe.’ 

These ironies were not lost as performers Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver locked down, stayed in and continued their investigations resulting in a digital performance, Last Gasp WFH. 

Now almost two years later, Last Gasp will gather audiences in the same room, but not as the same people. 

Returning to the physical stage, the duo reevaluate what it means to be together in a theatre and what it means to perform in the aftermath of a foundation-shattering crisis. 

Speaking from a microphone about her own narcissistic tendencies, fragile identities and privilege, Shaw’s poetic musings are interspersed with Weaver’s micro dance essays in which she wryly upends ‘how to’ mania. 

With episodes entitled ‘The Trump in Me’, ‘How to Set a Table in an Emergency’, and ‘How to Survive a Loss’, the iconic performance duo bring us together to recalibrate through prickly conversations – not only facing demise but considering strategies for moving on.

Tickets for Last Gasp at Contact are available now via the link below.


Last Gasp

Date: Wednesday 30th November & Thursday 1st December
Time: 7.30pm
Venue: Contact
Price: £18