Merit

A Theatre Royal Plymouth Production

Merit

By Alexandra Wood

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“A rapacious banker, corrupt, corrupting, you thought he would steal my soul”

Against all odds, young, attractive Sofia has got a job as PA to one of the wealthiest bankers in the country. Sofia’s mother questions whether she gave more than just a good interview to get it…

In these times of financial chaos, the bankers are getting filthy rich whilst others are left unable to support their families. A storm is brewing, people are desperate – just what will they be driven to? Suicide? Murder?

In a subtle game of cat and mouse, split loyalties and questionable morals, Alexandra Wood’s thrilling and darkly funny new play looks at the complexities of a mother daughter relationship and, in the growing argument between rich and poor, the girl who is stuck in between.

Alexandra Wood’s previous plays include an adaptation of Jung Chang’s Wild Swans (Young Vic/American Repertory Theater); The Empty Quarter (Hampstead Theatre); Decade (co-writer/Headlong) and The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court).

“This is a war, us against them, the rich, the greedy: the ones that got us into this mess”

Featured in The Guardian’s ‘Top Tickets’ here and ‘This Week’s New Theatre’ here.

Post Show Q&A: Wed 04 & Tue 10 Feb
Recommended: for everyone aged 14+

Pricing & Concessions

Full price:
£14.70

All concessions:
£10.70

Please note: Prices include a 70p per ticket booking fee.

Reviews

Gripping… the moral questions raised…deliver a punch in the age of austerity

3

An intense episodic 80 minutes of relationships laid bare

3

Sharp, sardonic wit

3

A thought-provoking examination of the true cost of decisions made by the men in suits

Lizzy Watts (Sofia) and Rebecca Lacey (Patricia) do a fantastic job…the two are compelling as the mother and daughter

Biogs

Cast:

Rebecca Lacey

Rebecca Lacey

Theatre credits include: Pride and Prejudice (Regent’s Park), Benefactors (Crucible), Tartuffe (E.T.T/Liverpool Everyman/Kingston Rose Theatre), Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell (Bath Theatre Royal), Amy’s View (Yvonne Arnaud/Windsor/Tour),_ It’s Not The End Of The World_ (Edinburgh Festival Theatre), Love for Love (Chichester Festival Theatre), Dead Funny (Lee Dean & Michael Codron), Eva Peron (Richmond Orange Tree Theatre) and The Provok’d Wife (PW Productions).

Television credits include: The Interceptor (ITV), Bad Education (Tiger Aspect), The Bill (Talkback/Thames), Hustle (BBC), Heartbeat (Yorkshire Television), Monarch of the Glen (BBC), Casualty (BBC), The Bill (Thames Television) and A Touch of Frost (ITV).

Film credits include: Chalet Girl (Kaleidoscope Films), Arthur’s Dyke (Quirky Films), The Romanovs (Vera/Goskino) and Carry On Columbus (Comedy House).

Radio credits include: Payment Deferred and Snap (BBC Radio 4).

Lizzy Watts

Lizzy Watts

Lizzy trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and was a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company in both 2009 and 2012.

Theatre credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Globe), BLINK (Soho/Nabokov), Twelfth Night (Filter Theatre/UK Tour), Wasted (Paines Plough/Camden Roundhouse and UK tour), The Man (Finborough/UK Tour), Dr Faustus (Watford Place), Eight (US /Tantrum) Artefacts (Bush Theatre/UK Tour/ New York) and The Grizzled Skipper (Nuffield Theatre).

Television credits include: Midsomer Murders (ITV) and_ Hidden_ (BBC Wales).

Film credits include: One In The Dark, Sprawlers (Firesnake Films) and Footsteps (Random Films).

Creatives
Director: Jennie Darnell
Set Designer: Matthew Wright
Lighting Designer: Jason Taylor
Sound Designer: Adrienne Quartly
Casting Director: Stephen Moore
Assistant Director: Phil Bartlett

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