A Royal Exchange Theatre and Royal Court co-production. Directed by Matthew Xia.
- 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
Monday - Saturday evenings, 7.30pm
Saturday and Thursday matinees, 2.30pm
£12 / £10 concessions
BOOK TICKETS: Box Office 0161 833 9833 / online
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
Click here for more information about our accessible performances
RELAXED PERFORMANCE: Thursday 6 October, 2.30pm
SUPPORTING MATERIAL: Click here (or the image) to download our Visual Guide