Beyond Caring. Victoria Moseley, Sean O'Callaghan, Hayley Carmichael, Janet Etuk. Photograph by Mark Douet
The most successful theatre makers can see into the future. They know what we’re all going to be talking and reading about by the time that they’ve created and delivered a play about just that thing and director Alexander Zeldin has looked into his own crystal ball to bring us Beyond Caring.
Following a group of cleaners on zero hour contracts, the piece has been devised by Zeldin and the cast through talking to people in the same situation.
A hugely naturalistic piece, we are the fly on the wall as the group of strangers from different cleaning agencies slowly open up during a 14 day clean up at a sausage factory.
The cast are incredible. Hayley Carmichael stands out from the beginning as timid 48-year-old Susan and we quickly warm to them all as we see a little bit of ourselves or someone we love in each of them.
Venting her anger Victoria Moseley as Becky jumps, punches and kicks along to some drum and bass in the one breakout abstract moment that doesn't quite fit with the beautifully human long silences and awkward conversations of the rest of the piece.
Ever so slowly we get glimpses of the character's lives outside the job. As we watch the last scene, which is perfect, we don't know even half of their stories, but it's enough. It's the little things. Personalised ring tones. How someone reacts to a coffee machine taking their money. These small things allow you to connect with the characters and not be left annoyed that you don't know everything about them by the end, you're just sad to see them go.
Info: Beyond Caring is at the Yard Theatre until July 26, 2014 | Book tickets
Janet Etuk – interview, Beyond Caring