Gasping is a breath of fresh air

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BEN Elton’s timely satire about global greed and dwindling resources occupies Sheffield’s Lantern Theatre from Monday.

Resident company The Dilys Guite Players present Gasping and a script set against familiar headlines about bankers bonuses and Euro failure.

The play was penned in 1990, but it has been reimaged to sit beside a 2012 political and economic climate that is surely no wiser.

Elton wrote it at the end of the so called ‘loadsamoney’ enterprise boom.

It was revised 10 years later after the dot com crash and now director David Chafer, who shone in the Nether Edge venue’s New Writing Festival, delivers a new staging of this biting satire all next week.

Gasping takes a swipe at a world of ruthless global, corporate business.

Lockheart Industries is making millions, but Chief is seeking the next big pay day. Philip, his top man, suggests selling designer air as a privatised alternative to the polluted urban fug.

Billions are quickly made – but at what cost?

Oxygen runs low, new supplies have to be found and the world starts gasping.

‘The play is a wickedly funny commentary on how big multinationals suck up the world’s resources in the interests of ‘good business’ in order to turn a profit,” says David.

“Elton brilliantly satirises the people who run and market these companies and has a side swipe at the media and us consumers along the way.”

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