Happy to Help
Jun 14 - Jul 9, 2016
An acerbic new comedy about how we've become a nation of shop assistants...
A destitute farmer sells his land to the supermarket chain that drove him out of business.
Fifteen years later and a bustling supermarket stands on the same spot. UK managing director Tony is coming to work undercover at the store for a week. Branch manager Vicky is determined to give him a more grimly authentic experience than he’d ever dared wish for. Shelf-stacker Josh dreams of escape and rock stardom. Union organiser Elliot dreams of Josh. By Friday, nothing will ever be the same for them again.
Developed with the Park’s Script Accelerator Programme and shortlisted for the 2015 Liverpool Hope Playwriting Prize.
Writer - Michael Ross
Director - Roxy Cook
Designer - Emma Tompkins
Sound Designer - Alexandra Faye Braithwaite
Lighting Designer - Sherry Coenen
Dramaturg - Donnacadh O'Briain
Producer - Celia Dugua
Associate Producer - Claire Evans
Casting Director - Gabriella Shimeld-Fenn
Company Stage Manager - Paul Thomas
Photography - Crusoe Weston
Production Photography - David Monteith-Hodge
Press - Andrew Greer, Target Live PR.
Plays to See
"A sharp comedy that will make all us cogs in the machine laugh."
"an absolute fucking rollercoaster"
The Blog of Theatre Things
"A sharp, clever comedy but with a serious message"
"cleverly constructed comedy-drama"
Once a Week Theatre
"The comedy here is bold, adventurous and downright clever. As Orwellian doublethink is applied to the corporate world, the results are seriously funny."
Traffic Light Theatre
"Here, at last, is a great, bold, angry play about the human cost of twenty first century capitalism."
"a fun, witty take on the bizarre world of indentured corporate servitude"