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The Pulverised

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“Stop the rat race. Stop time. Stop the money. Stop the anxiety. Stop everything that has made human beings so bitter.”

A quality assurance officer from France, a call centre manager from Senegal, a factory worker from China, and an engineer from Romania. Each leads a life apart, but all work round-the-clock for the same multinational corporation.

When work has no borders, what’s the cost? Alexandra Badea‘s captivating drama is a powerful and disturbing portrait of globalisation and its far-reaching effects on our lives.

Following an explosive premiere at the National Theatre of Strasbourg, where it won the prestigious Grand Prix de la Littérature, The Pulverised arrives in the UK with a new English translation.

The production is generously supported by Arts Council England, the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Institut Francais.


Rebecca Boey
Richard Corgan
Solomon Israel
Kate Miles


Alexandra Badea


Andy Sava


Lucy Phelps

Set and Costume Design

Nicolai Hart-Hansen

Sound and Video Design

Ashley Ogden

Lighting Design

Tom Smith

Movement Director

Lanre Malaolu

Production Manager

Suzy Somerville

Stage Manager

Tom Gamble


Chloe Nelkin

A production by Arcola Theatre, Changing Face and York Theatre Royal.


Standard £17
Concession £14
Opening Performances £12

Tickets are £10 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday at 8pm.
Saturday matinees at 3.30pm.
No performances Sunday.

Preview pricing: 2 - 4 May
Press night: 5 May
Supporters' social: 9 May

Free post-show discussions

Saturday 6 May: 'Celebrating Romanian Theatre' (supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute), with Dorian Branea (director of the Romanian Cultural Institute) Alexandra Badea (playwright) and Andy Sava (director).

Thursday 11th May: 'The Future of Work', with Nan Craig (researcher at Centre for Global Studies), Dr Jamie Woodcock (fellow at LSE) and Ryan Avent (senior editor and economics columnist at The Economist).
Work is becoming more atomised, less secure, less attached to specific places. From self-checkout machines to robot cars, jobs for humans are being replaced by automated systems. Many businesses have workers and supply chains that are spread out across the world, but now we're seeing a backlash against globalisation. At the same time, outsourcing has shifted to the next level with the appearance of online outsourcing companies like Taskrabbit and Amazon's Mechanical Turk. Where is work going, and what will it be like when we get there?

Tuesday 16 May: 'Translating Theatre in the Globalised World' , with William Gregory, Lucy Phelps and Sarah Maitland, and the director of The Pulverised Andy Sava.

Inspired Directions

Changing Face are working closely with Inspired Directions, a local Dalston school offering alternative provision for high needs learners struggling to access mainstream education.

Established by the charity Inspire!, an Education Business Partnership, we have been an Alternative Provider for young people in Hackney since 2008 and recently achieved independent school status. Fundamental to our ethos are the values of individuality, collectivism and progression.

Changing Face will lead workshops with drama students from the school during May 2017 at the Arcola Theatre responding to the core themes of the play and the future for young people and work in the city of London.

Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »
Group /school rates (for 10+ people) available. Contact Box Office »

Running time: 90 minutes approximately .

Suitable for 14+