Key workers. Remember them? The people who went to work during the pandemic while the rest of us stayed safe at home. The teachers, the delivery drivers, the supermarket workers, the refuse collectors and the care workers who kept on working and kept on caring to ensure the lives of the rest of us kept on track. A wonderful array of writers including Francesca Beard, Sonali Bhattacharyya, Nessah Muthy, Molly Taylor and more have written short plays that take their inspiration from the Medieval Mystery Plays and which are performed by a professional and community cast to celebrate the people who we could not do without.
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. 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.