Katherine Soper

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Plays by Katherine Soper

Wish List

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Katherine Soper's Wish List is a play about the impact on young lives of zero-hours contracts and changes to disability benefits. It won the 2015 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting. It was subsequently co-produced by the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, and the Royal Court Theatre, London, and first performed at the Royal Exchange on 24 September 2016. The production transferred to the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs on 10 January 2017.

The play is set in a flat in Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, where teenage siblings Dean (17) and Tamsin (19) Carmody have been left to fend for themselves after their mother's death. Tamsin is trying hard to care for the housebound Dean, who suffers from a form of obsessive compulsive disorder. She works at a 'fulfilment centre', packing boxes on a zero-hours contract, where she meets fellow warehouse worker Luke Mburu (age 16). When Dean is declared fit for work, their benefits are cut; Tamsin must pack faster, work harder, and fight to get the support she and her brother so desperately need.

The premiere production was directed by Matthew Xia and designed by Ana Inés Jabares-Pita, with Erin Doherty as Anna, Joseph Quinn as Dean, Aleksandar Mikic as The Lead and Shaquille Ali-Yebuah as Luke Mburu.

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Katherine Soper is a playwright whose work includes Wish List (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, 2016, and Royal Court, London, 2017; winner of the Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting) and Star Jelly (RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park, 2016).