Work Play explores the games we play at work, and why we play them. It makes the tiniest office incidents into the biggest things in the world, it makes desks into epic battlegrounds and stationary cupboards into coveted treasure chambers. It asks why we so willingly become embroiled in minuscule intrigues blown up to medieval court proportions in the workplace, when all we really need to do is get paid. It pitches the personal implications of this against a political context in which the governments’ manipulative ‘hard work’ mantra and the loss of stability and rights crank up the imperative.
Work Play uses sharp observations from first hand experience of working in an eccentric, hilariously dysfunctional and archaic institution fighting a losing battle to survive in a hostile and shifting landscape. It locks us in a world where the paper type of A4 envelopes becomes explosively controversial, where malicious, Chinese-whisper gossip lubricates the engine and a gifted box of cupcakes between colleagues is treated as an act of war-provoking aggression. Multimedia and interactive, this show leads the audience through surreal encounters with workplace politics, plays with ideas of scale both physical and conceptual, and draws them into games that mirror, subvert and parody those we’ve all played at work, such as ‘email jeopardy’, where the dreaded ‘CC’ could be the trump card, or a hand overplayed.
This show is funny, it’s fun, but it doesn’t shy away from asking searching questions about what happens when we let work define who we are in a society that tell us that work defines who we are.
This is a new theatre project by Nick Field. As a (former) serial day-jobber, Nick has had access to a wealth of material and insider perspective of workplaces to draw on. As a theatre maker he blends crafted comedy with thoughtful, lyricism and a dash of heart breaking tragedy. Work Play features all of this with searing, soaring storytelling, contemporary performance, live acoustic and electro music, integral, lush video and participatory games that sit somewhere on a sliding scale between Guess Who? and Gladiator.
There’s going to be blood on that all-in-one fax/printer/photocopier. You mark my words.
‘As a writer and creative talent Nick Field has a gift’ One Stop Arts
‘Nick Field creates theatre that is unique, unexpected, and absolutely engrossing’, What’s Peen Seen?
‘Nick is a passionate, and flexible performer, with a tale to tell and admirable vulnerability.’ Gscene