Brilliant Jerks

Driver. Coder. CEO. Tap a button get a ride.

In December 2008, an American entrepreneur left a tech conference in Paris. As he stood in the street, unable to hail a cab, an idea landed with the falling snow: tap a button, get a ride.
Ten years on, a company with the simple idea of connecting people to taxis is now the biggest start-up in the world.

Please note the time of this performance has changed to 19:25 (14:50 Matinee)

But with success comes growing pains.

Silicon Valley’s sweetheart is now the subject of multiple scandals, from boardroom sexism, through to workers’ rights and passenger safety.

Brilliant Jerks tells the story of three people – a driver, a coder, and a CEO – working for one tech monolith, but living worlds apart.

Mia, a troubled young mum, drives nights in Manchester.

Sean, a talented but drifting programmer, is recruited to the company’s London office.

And Tyler Janowski, ex-CEO and former adviser to Trump, tries to figure out where it all went wrong.

Brought to you by multi-award-winning company LIPSINK, written by journalist & playwright Joseph Charlton, and directed by HighTide Associate Artist Rosy Banham.

Brilliant Jerks is generously supported by Arts Council England.

1hr 10m
The Vaults
14 — 18 Mar 19:25
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About the company


Joseph Charlton is a writer and journalist from the north east. He has written for the Arcola theatre’s youth company and his last play, Anniversary, was published in Arete magazine alongside new work from Simon Armitage and Germaine Greer. His journalism has seen him write for the Independent, i newspaper, FT, and Economist on business, politics, arts, and Uber.

Rosy Banham is an associate artist at HighTide. Her previous directing credits include Hear Me Raw (Soho, Latitude, Edinburgh), The Pier (Marlowe, Oxford Playhouse), Mush & Me (Bush, JW3, Australia). As an assistant director, she has worked across many buildings and organisations, including the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Royal Court, and Shared Experience.

LIPSINK is Rosy Banham’s and Daniella Isaacs’ creative collaboration & new writing company. They make new work about the mess of modern life. The company has staged shows at Soho, the Bush, Latitude, in Edinburgh & Australia.

Artistic Team
Joseph Charlton
Rosy Banham
Holly White
Lighting Design
Chris Withers
Sound Design
Owen Crouch
Stage Manager
Anna Lavender

Press & Reviews

Praise for LIPSINK’s previous work

“Perfectly controlled tone & execution… honest, insightful & uplifting work” (✭✭✭✭ THE SCOTSMAN on Hear Me Raw)

“Completely original and entirely brilliant” (✭✭✭✭✭ A YOUNGER THEATRE on Hear Me Raw)

“One of the most street-smart love stories to define multicultural Britain” (✭✭✭✭ THE HERALD on Mush & Me)

“Delightfully naturalistic… Highly recommended” (✭✭✭✭ THE TELEGRAPH on Mush & Me)