World Premiere

WISH LIST

A Royal Exchange Theatre and Royal Court co-production. Directed by Matthew Xia.

  • By Katherine Soper
  • 24 September 2016 - 15 October 2016
  • The Studio

I dreamt about this last night. I dreamt that I was packing boxes in boxes in boxes.

Tamsin packs boxes in a warehouse, on the clock, to a target, with a zero-hour contract. Her brother Dean is housebound. Working to obsessive-compulsive rituals of his own.

When Dean is declared fit for work, their benefits are cut. There are phone calls to make, appeals to lodge and endless forms to fill in. Tamsin must pack faster, work harder, and fight to get the support she and her brother so desperately need.

This sensitive and delicately powerful play asks what our labour is worth and how life can be lived when the system is stacked against you.

Winner of the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting, Katherine Soper’s debut play will premiere in a production by Exchange Associate Artistic Director Matthew Xia (INTO THE WOODS).

The production is a collaboration with the Royal Court Theatre and our second year co-producing the Bruntwood Prize-winning play together, following Anna Jordan’s YEN in 2015/16.

"The play has such eloquence, such quiet craft, such dignity and such compassion." Sir Nicholas Hytner (Chair of the Judges, Bruntwood Prize)

"At its heart it is about the attitude we have to work, towards the unemployed and towards the rights of those who are in work. It’s also a very wistful play about possibilities that could have presented themselves and the wishes that we might have for other ways our life might go." Katherine Soper, Playwright

With thanks to Fast Pak Packaging

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Studio

    PERFORMANCE DATES: Saturday 24 September - Saturday 15 October 2016

    PERFORMANCE TIMES: 
    Monday - Saturday evenings, 7.30pm
    Saturday and Thursday matinees, 2.30pm

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    TICKET PRICES: 
    £12 / £10 concessions

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    BOOK TICKETS: Box Office 0161 833 9833 / online  

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    RUNNING TIME: Approximately 1 Hour 45 minutes (no interval)

  • Creative Team
  • DIRECTOR Matthew Xia
    DESIGNER Ana Inés Jabares-Pita
    LIGHTING DESIGNER Ciarán Cunningham
    COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER Giles Thomas
    MOVEMENT DIRECTOR Angela Gasparetto 
    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Monique Touko
    Three-Month Placement at Royal Exchange Theatre through Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme
    CASTING DIRECTOR Sophie Parrott CDG

  • Related Events
  • AFTER SHOW DISCUSSION
    Wednesday 12th October (after 7.30pm performance)

  • Accessible Performances
  • BSL PERFORMANCE: Tuesday 11 October, 7.30pm

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    RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Thursday 6 October, 2.30pm
    SUPPORTING MATERIAL: Click here (or the image) to download our Visual Guide

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  • Luke Mburu

    Shaquille Ali-Yebuah

    Tamsin Carmody

    Erin Doherty

    The Lead

    Aleksandar Mikic

    Dean Carmody

    Joseph Quinn

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