On 10th January Katherine Soper’s Bruntwood Award-winning play WISH LIST opens at the Royal Court, directed by Matthew Xia.
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.
“Its emotional impact, in Matthew Xia’s fine production, is devastating…a quietly essential and moving play” (★★★★, The Guardian)
“The writing is extraordinary” (★★★★, The Stage)
“The play has such eloquence, such quiet craft, such dignity and such compassion.” Sir Nicholas Hytner
The production is a collaboration with Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre, where Matthew Xia is Associate Artistic Director.