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The Precariat - Finborough Theatre

The Precariat

Theatre preview

THE PRECARIAT, by award-winning playwright Chris Dunkley, will receive its world premiere at the Finborough Theatre, where it runs Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays from July 14 to July 30, 2013.

I can see this life for exactly what it is. I can now, anyway. We’re walkin’ a knife edge. One slip, one tiny slip an’ we fall. An’ there’s a fuck of a long way to fall… even for us. An’ we’re kept there… on the knife edge… because they can tell yer which way t’go. Forward or down.

Fin’s bright. Some would say gifted. But school isn’t going well. While he is busy coping with his mum’s depression and his younger brother’s drug problem, he can feel his future slipping away. The few jobs that are available in North London are part-time or temporary, and Fin knows his future will be a life of unstable pay, minimal social security benefits, no pension and eroding health care.

He is the future of the emerging major class – living precarious lives at the mercy of the one percent: The Precariat.

With his world collapsing slowly around him, Fin finds hope and attraction with the girl at the fried chicken drive thru window. But even she can’t offer him a way out. Fin makes one final desperate bid to take control over the future – by giving his brother the chance to turn his life around…

Chris New directs a cast that includes Kirsty Besterman (Foxfinder, Finborough Theatre, Playhouse Creatures, Chichester Festival Theatre, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Holding Fire!, Liberty, Shakespeare’s Globe) as Bethan/The voice of Sally; Scott Chambers (Chicken, Southwark Playhouse, Siamese Twins, Silver Linings Theatre/Theatro Technis) as Fin; and David Hayler (Telstar, Ambassadors Theatre/National Tour, Pravda, Chichester Festival Theatre/Birmingham Rep) as Ryan.

As a writer and director, Chris New’s work includes the short film Ticking, which premiered at the Nashville Film Festival in April 2013, and the feature film Chicken.

His acting credits include Lingua Franca (Finborough Theatre), The Pitchfork Disney (Arcola Theatre), Pictures from an Exhibition (Sadler’s Wells), Prick Up Your Ears (Comedy Theatre), Edward II and Hay Fever (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), The Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Reporter (National Theatre) and Bent (Trafalgar Studios) for which he was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Newcomer and the WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice Awards nomination for London Newcomer of the Year.

Playwright Chris Dunkley’s previous productions at the Finborough Theatre include Mirita, which was named Time Out Critics’ Choice and transferred Off Broadway to the Cherry Lane Theatre, alongside his short play Lisa Says, and the world premiere of The Soft of Her Palm in October 2012. His other theatre includes Smallholding, Almost Blue, How to Tell the Truth, Lucy is a Minger and The Festival.

The Precariat is presented by The Severed Duck in association with Neil McPherson for the Finborough Theatre.

Tickets: £14, £10 concessions – available from the box office on 0844 847 1652 or online at

Times: Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm; Tuesday matinees at 2pm.

Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes (no interval).

Also at the Finborough Theatre: Hard Feelings and Early Days.