The Last Post (2014-17)
Performances of The Last Post unwrap a curious love story between a redundant Post Master and the irrepressible heiress of an international pen-palling agency.
The tale unfolds accompanied by “harmony-drenched, melancholy-tinged” live music. 18 bums squeeze onto 18 seats in our bespoke vanatorium, known as Mobile Sorting Office 451.
Mobile Sorting Office (MSO) 451 is a bright red Luton van crammed with retro-chic details from a much travelled life, a thousand items of real mail and a limitless collection of stationery and letter writing accoutrements. There is also a sherry decanter and a ping-pong set…
“…part elegy for a slower way of life, part celebration of epistolatory fun – the intimacy & authenticity of Kilter‟s performance make for an evening that may cause you to rethink how you connect with others.” Lynne Locker, Events, Bath & North East Somerset Council
“inventive, funny, visually engaging, well constructed, intimate, quirky yet accessible for all. Full of surprises and surprising characters. Unusual but not alienating. Sophisticated but not impenetrable.” Kate Cross, the egg, Bath
“an enchanting and beautifully crafted show which celebrates and reminds us of the dying art of letter writing” Fiona Fraser-Smith, Producer, Beaford Arts
“...utterly charming…. this piece is tender and funny, a wistful paean to more slower forms of communication and the importance of making connections. A joy not just because of the nuanced performances, perfect pacing and utter gloriousness of the set, but also because the intimacy of the performance space matches your connection with the characters and their story…. [Kilter] are tacking big issues but doing so with an incredibly light touch.” Belinda Dillon, Exeunt Magazine.
Magical. Easily one of the best things from the whole festival. Funny, warm, engaging, I had a lump in my throat by the end. A beautiful, fragile, believable world you’ve created.
What can I say except it touched every emotion and made you think we do not communicate enough. What a delightful, quirky piece of theatre
You guys do what needs to be done but no else thinks of it… or maybe has the courage to do
You guys rock! This is not like normal theatre, you’re so wacky and cool, it’s much better than normal. By the way you are all really good actors. PS Today’s my 11th birthday.
Kilter believes that thoughtful slow communication can lead to healthier, happier lives. In this uncertain age for the postal industry, we also want to promote local Post Offices and Post People that tie communities together. Kilter often makes work about the changing environment and the uncertain future ahead. The Last Post gently approaches some subtle ways in which we can personally adapt and perhaps be better prepared.
Touring theatre to unusual locations breaks down boundaries that prevent people from enjoying live performance. It also reduces the number of car journeys made into cultural centres.
When MSO 451 rolls into town and opens up its sides, all are welcome to climb inside and rummage through the files and pigeon-holes. As Kilter tours, the collection of letters continues to grow and irresistibly draw in visitors.