Shaw’s last play Farfetched Fables is currently being performed at the Pentameters Theatre in north London. Dating from 1948, it is Shaw’s response to the nuclear threat and consists of six individual scenes or vignettes centred around the same storyline. The piece begins with a man and a woman sitting in a park: they get into an exchange and the man ends up coming up with an idea for a new type of bomb. The bomb subsequently causes havoc, with the Isle of Wight wiped out and humanity having to come up with new ways to survive and thrive.
Shaw’s satirical abilities come to the fore in this very funny work about the absurdity of nuclear weapons, the way people view history and the ways in which humans adapt. A highly capable cast took on their numerous roles with ease, portraying a varied range of characters. Ideal for Shaw fans who are interested in seeing a different side to the playwright.