– VAULT Festival 2022 has now been cancelled – Steve and Tobias Versus Death is a comedy about two brothers trapped in their living room during a zombie apocalypse. Under-pinned by a deep sense of tragedy and fuelled by meticulously choreographed fights, we follow two brothers as they care for their infected mother, fend off the incoming undead, and mend their fractured relationship. Improvised comedy and a dystopian backdrop collide to tell the nightmare story of an absentee father, a bed-ridden mother, and an apocalypse bursting through the door.
Tobias hates mash and Steve hates Tobias, but when they discover their mom to be patient zero in a world of flesh-eating zombies, the torn apart brothers get pieced back together, only to be torn apart all over again.
Writer and performer Sebastian Gardner said, “After the momentum we built up pre-Covid with this show, we’re immensely excited to finally be premiering Steve and Tobias Versus Death, and given the direct effects the pandemic had on the festival last year, it seems only fitting that we’re doing so through Vault Festival 2022. Since the show’s premiere was halted in October 2020, we’ve had ample time to develop and adapt the piece while the theatres went dark, and we’re finally pulling the trigger on the show, with added blood, sweat and gore.”
Sebastian Gardner is a co-founder of Paper Mug Theatre, formed in 2019 by three graduates of East 15’s BA Acting and Contemporary Theatre. He won multiple awards for his debut show I Lost My Virginity to Chopin’s Nocturne in B-Flat Minor, including The King’s Head Theatre Stella Wilkie Award for New Writing, and China Plate Theatre’s Pick for Pulse Festival. Co-writer Daniel Kettle is a comedian and co-founder of Superglue Assembly Line, a comedy troupe with a taste for blood and the stage.
Steve and Tobias Versus Death is at VAULT Festival’s Network Theatre 4, 5, 11, 12 February 2022.