In a Gay Times exclusive, take a first look at the European Premiere of Working – now playing at the Southwark Playhouse.
Directed by Luke Sheppard, Working stars Gillian Bevan, Dean Chisnall, Krysten Cummings, Siubhan Harrison, Peter Polycarpou and Liam Tamne. They join young performers Patrick Coulter, Nicola Espallardo, Izuka Hoyle, Luke Latchman, Huon Mackley and Kerri Norville who are all making their professional debuts.
This original and universal portrait of the American workday is told from the perspective of those that the world so often overlooks – the schoolteacher, the housewife, the fireman and the waitress, amongst many – whose daily grind and aspirations reflect the truths of the people that make up a nation.
Working is the genre-defining musical from Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz – of Wicked and Godspell fame – based on Studs Terkel’s best-selling book of interviews with the American workforce: Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.
The show has been adapted by Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, the creators of Godspell and Rags, with additional contributions by Gordon Greenberg.
Working employs a range of musical styles and genres from contributing composers, including five-time Grammy Award-winner James Taylor and Pulitzer Prize-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda – of Hamilton and In The Heights success – as well as Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Mary Rodgers and Susan Birkenhead.
The show features choreography by Fabian Aloise, set design by Jean Chan, costume design by Gabriella Slade, lighting design by Nic Farman and sound design by Tom Marshall – with musical supervision by Alex Parker, musical direction by Isaac McCullough and casting by Will Burton CDG.
Working is produced by Jack Maple, Ramin Sabi, Christopher Ketner, & D.E.M. Productions.
More information can be found here.