In The Last Brunch, Dowthwaite takes the biblical New Testament story of The Last Supper and transforms it into a comic examination of the human need to belong, and the desperate attempts one may take to prove or secure their position within the group. This motley crew of perfectly cast disciples prepare a banquet for 'The Chosen One' with the hope and promise that they will 'be saved' and ascend with him into a new world.
Peter (Ben Paine) and Andrew (Mathew Arter) in The Last Brunch
Peter (Ben Paine) plays the host and the enigmatic leader of the disciples; 'The Chosen One's' right-hand man. He constantly reprimands each disciple for their weaknesses; Andrew (Mathew Arter) for gluttony, Mary (Elizabeth Brennan) for her mobile phone habit, and 'doubting' Thomas (Aidan Niarros) for his 'analytical' mind and questioning whether physical ascension is actually possible.
Despite the logic in Thomas' (Aidan Niarros) questioning, the disciples continue to ignore their own doubts and conform to Peter's charisma and belief that the 'Ascension' is possible, with or without 'The Chosen One'.
After many failed attempts of the group 'ascending' Peter suggests the only way to enable the ascension is to prove his commitment to 'The Chosen One' through consummation. 'Mary' is the obvious victim for this sacrifice and as she is thrown on the supper table by Peter, one of the disciples 'ascends' and she is saved from her fate.