Waitress never thought she’d end up here, 32, clearing plates, taking orders. How did she get here? And what if this is it?
A story of pulling pints and sweeping floors - from a Saturday job refilling coffee cups in South Africa’s young rainbow-nation to a curry house in Camberwell nearly two decades later, we follow Waitress through a life well worked. The lovers, the friends, the adopted families and the terrible tips that made her.
This play is for generation side-hustle. The three jobs and shared flats and no property prospects. Work Bitch is a play about the work we do and how it defines us.
What do we really value? And are we working at it?
Supported by Arts Council England Lottery Grants Funding, The Unity Theatre Trust
and Split Infinitive.
Sponsored by Ganapati Peckham
Jessica Siân is a writer and performer who’s previous work includes 'Klippies', OFFIE nominated for Most Promising New Playwright 2015 and her four star adaptation of 'Kiki’s Delivery Service' for Southwark Playhouse. Most recently she played Miles in an all female production of Laura Wade’s 'Posh'.
Writer/Performer: Jessica Siân
Jessica is an actor and playwright, she is a Royal Court Young Writers alumnus and her work has been supported by The National Theatre Studio and the Almeida. She has been commissioned by Southwark Playhouse, The Bush Theatre and Sphinx Theatre for their Hampstead Theatre Take Over.
Director: Blythe Stewart
Twice nominated for the Off-West End Awards for Best Director, Blythe is a freelance director based in London who specialises in premiering the most exciting new writing by UK and international artists. Recent productions include: the award-winning SKIN A CAT by Isley Lynn (UK Tour/The Bunker/VAULT Festival 2016); FINDING FASSBENDER by Lydia Larson (Pleasance Edinburgh/VAULT Festival 2018); CONDITIONALLY by Danusia Samal (Soho Theatre); THE MOOR by Catherine Lucie (Old Red Lion Theatre)
Producer: Rebecca Durbin
Rebecca is the Founder and Artistic Director of PLAY Theatre Company and a freelance Producer. With PLAY, she has worked more than 150 emerging creatives and produced 32 new short plays at venues such as The Bunker, The Old Red Lion, The Pleasance and Paines Plough’s Roundabout at the Edinburgh Fringe. Recent freelance projects include PSYCHOPOMP at Bristol Old Vic’s Ferment Festival & Camden People’s Theatre. In 2017, Rebecca was shortlisted for the OV12 and was the recipient of a MGC Futures Bursary from the Michael Grandage Company.
Design by Luke Robson
Sound Design by Anna Clock
Lighting Design by Jamie Platt
Stage Manager - Rosh Conn
Klippies, Southwark Playhouse directed by Chelsea Walker:
‘A striking debut from South African writer Jessica Siân. Klippies is a well-crafted snapshot, a delicate look at burgeoning youth and the burden of history’
**** Time Out
Kiki’s Delivery Service, Southwark Playhouse directed by Kate Hewitt:
‘Every now and then a show comes along with little fanfare or expectation and quietly knocks your Christmas stockings off.’
**** What’s On Stage
Posh, Pleasance Theatre directed by Cressida Carr:
’A mark of the production's power that it persuades you that the all-female casting is integral to the play's meaning and that it should be performed like this from now on.’
***** The Independent
'Skin A Cat' Directed by Blythe Stewart:
Beyond its silly and plentiful humour is a genuinely moving and effortlessly charming production ... Lynn deliberately blurs the line between the clinical and the erotic. It’s born out in Blythe Stewart's intelligent direction too
Top-notch performances under Blythe Stewart's assured direction. An intelligent, clever and relevant piece of modern theatre.
On PLAY Theatre Company:
'A great representation of up and coming talent'
A Younger Theatre
'Hugely funny...seriously slick'