09 Mar 2022 - 12 Mar 2022

The Almeida Theatre in partnership with All Change, Clean Break and Graeae present

The Key Workers Cycle

By Francesca Beard, Sonali Bhattacharyya, Josh Elliott, Annie Jenkins, Eno Mfon, Nessah Muthy, Danusia Samal, Yomi Ṣode, and Molly Taylor

Running Time: APPROX. 1 HOUR & 30 MINS, WITH NO INTERVAL.

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production information

If the Tube ground to a halt . . .
If the supermarket shelves emptied . . .
If your bins overflowed . . .
Would it feel like something, or someone, was missing?

A chorus of delivery drivers singing through the night, a support worker haunted by visions of the women who depend on her, a funeral director showing off his dab hand with a pair of clippers. In an echo of the Medieval Mystery Plays – which brought together communities of craftsmen and merchants to act out the stories of famous miracles – The Key Workers Cycle presents a cycle of nine short plays celebrating the humour, the hope and the stories of those who keep our daily lives running.

Performed by a company of professional actors, local community participants and key workers, The Key Workers Cycle places Islington’s community at its heart.

Including:
The Social Care Workers’ Play by Francesca Beard
The Teachers’ Play by Sonali Bhattacharyya
The Funeral Directors’ Play by Josh Elliott
The Delivery Drivers’ Play by Annie Jenkins
The Women’s Centre Workers’ Play by Eno Mfon
The Midwives’ Play by Nessah Muthy
The Refuse Collectors’ Play by Danusia Samal
The Supermarket Workers’ Play by Yomi Ṣode
The TFL Workers’ Play by Molly Taylor

This production is presented in partnership with All Change, Clean Break and Graeae.

All Change Clean Break Graeae Logos

Dates & Tickets

The Key Workers Cycle will be performed in three parts, each consisting of three plays. More information on each of the parts can be found below:

Part One: The Teachers’ Play, The Funeral Directors’ Play, and The Social Care Workers’ Play. More info>

Part Two: The Refuse Collectors’ Play, The Midwives’ Play and The Delivery Drivers’ Play. More info>

Part Three: The Women’s Centre Workers’ Play, The Supermarket Workers’ Play, and The TFL Workers’ Play. More info>

Line Break

Wed 9 – Sat 12 Mar
Evenings 7.30pm
Matinees
12.30pm & 4pm

Tickets £7.50 - £15
Multi-Buy Offer
Book top-price-band tickets for all three performances for £34.50. Select £15 tickets for each of the 3 performances and the discount will automatically be applied at checkout.

Captioned performances Sat 12 Mar
All 3 parts of The Key Workers Cycle on Sat 12 Mar will be captioned. Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404.

Audio Described performances Sat 12 Mar
All 3 parts of The Key Workers Cycle on Sat 12 Mar will be audio described. Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404.

BSL Interpreted performances Fri 11 & Sat 12 Mar 7.30pm
Performances of Part Three of The Key Workers Cycle will be BSL Interpreted. Book by calling Box Office on 020 7359 4404.

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

The Key Workers Cycle Rehearsal Photos (By Ali Wright and Tracey Anderson)

Sonali Bhattacharyya

Writer, Assembly: The Teacher’s Play

Sonali Bhattacharyya is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter (Sonia Friedman Production Award and Theatre Uncut Political Playwriting Award for Chasing Hares) whose plays include Two Billion Beats (Orange Tree Theatre), Megaball (National Theatre Learning), Slummers (Cardboard Citizens/ Bunker Theatre), The Invisible Boy (Kiln Theatre) and 2066 (Almeida Participation). She is a graduate of the Royal Court Writers' Group, the Old Vic 12, and Donmar Warehouse’s Future Forms Programme. She is currently under commission to Fifth Word and Kiln Theatre and is developing a drama series for television with Dancing Ledge Productions.

www.sonaliwrites.com

Additional information

Running time for each part is approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, with no interval. Find out more about our running times here.

Read more about our production guidance and warnings, or contact Box Office if you have specific concerns.

Cast & Creatives

The Teachers’ Play
Writer Sonali Bhattacharyya
Director Kate Golledge

The Funeral Directors’ Play
Writer Josh Elliott
Director Emily Ling Williams

The Social Care Workers’ Play
Writer Francesca Beard
Director Emma Baggott

The Refuse Collectors’ Play
Writer Danusia Samal
Director Rikki Henry

The Midwives’ Play
Writer Nessah Muthy
Director Anna Marsland

The Delivery Drivers’ Play
Writer Annie Jenkins
Director Jack Nurse

The Women’s Centre Workers’ Play
Writer Eno Mfon
Director Eva Sampson

The Supermarket Workers’ Play
Writer Yomi Ṣode
Director Rachael Nanyonjo

The TFL Workers’ Play
Writer Molly Taylor
Directors Jenny Sealey and Kate Lovell

The Key Workers Cycle (All Plays)
Creative Directors Stephanie Bain and Dani Parr
Design Consultant Kate Bunce
Costume Design Maariyah Sharjil
Lighting Design Fraser Craig
Sound Design Mwen
Composer and Musical Director Zara Nunn
Movement Director Darragh O'Leary
Casting Director Verity Naughton
Casting Associate Nick Hockaday
The Key Workers Cycle is presented on the set design for The Chairs, designed by Cécile Trémolières and Naomi Kuyck-Cohen


Producer Simon Stephens
Community Engagement Manager 
Jordana Golbourn
Participation Producer Assistant Lauren Joyce-Smith

Image created by Selman Hoşgör

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