Project Description


‘This years most powerful play’

The Observer


‘Breathtaking drama bout life in the American rustbelt’

The Guardian



Financial Times


‘A knock-out blow of theatrical force’

Daily Telegraph


‘Profound, terrifying, earthy & witty’

Evening Standard


‘A Masterpiece’

Time Out

The play portrays a meeting between a parole office and two ex-convicts, and three women who were childhood friends working in the same factory. The action takes place in a fictional bar in Pennsylvania, a town described as “synonymous with deindustrialization”

The pay examines the disintegration of a friendship; two of the women – one white, one black – apply for the same management job. The latter characters gets the position, but soon, when the company moves jobs to Mexico, and the trade union goes on strike, the workers are locked out. The management/worker division begins to separate the friends, and racial tensions separate them further.

The production won the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play 2019 and received an Olivier Awards Nomination for Best New Play 2019.

Winner of the Evening Standard Award for Best Play 2019.


Writer – Lynn Nottage
Director – Lynette Linton
Designer – Frankie Bradshaw
Lighting Designer – Oliver Fenwick
Sound Designer & Composer – George Dennis
Movement Director – Polly Bennett
Dialect – Charmian Hoare
Fight Director – Kate Waters
Video Designer – Gino Ricardo Green
Casting Director – Amy Ball CDG
Associate Director – Tom Bellerby
Advertising & Marketing – AKA
Press & Publicity – Jo Allan PR


Leanne Best
Patrick Gibson
Osy Ikhile
Wil Johnson
Stuart McQuarrie
Clare Perkins
Martha Plimpton
Sule Rimi
Sebastian Capitan Viveros

Gielgud Theatre