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2 May–27 May 2017

Arcola Theatre, Changing Face and York Theatre Royal

The Pulverised

by Alexandra Badea

Directed by Andy Sava

“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.

★★★★ Compelling and chilling... Badea skilfully skewers our frenetic globalised world in this powerful 90-minute drama
—Evening Standard
★★★★★ A hard-hitting 90 minutes of theatre that should resonate with all who watch it – brought to life by a highly talented cast.
—Mind The Blog
★★★★ A brutal but essential play… Andy Sava directs with imagination and force
—Theatre Bubble
★★★★ Excellent … Authentic and well-depicted
—Everything Theatre
Well performed and unashamedly leftist … the cast are strong and make a polished physical ensemble
—The Play’s The Thing UK
Passionate and thought-provoking
—Live Theatre UK
A play of persuasive polemic, imbued with perfect timing
Keenly drawn …The cast, directed with precision by Andy Sava, are confident and engaging
—The Stage
Well cast and well paced
A powerful picture of the complexity of economic oppression … an immediacy, a closeness and a lyrical and almost incantatory enchantment at the heart of the play
—Aleks Sierz
The cast are all impressive… Lucy Phelps’ translation is fizzing with evocative language and humour… Well worth a look
—Fairy Powdered Productions
Badea has managed to create well-rounded characters …Solomon Isreal is one to watch
—View from the Cheap Seat


Rebecca Boey
Richard Corgan
Solomon Israel
Kate Miles


Alexandra Badea


Andy Sava


Lucy Phelps

Set and Costume Design

Nicolai Hart-Hansen

Lighting Design

Tom Smith

Sound and Video Design

Ashley Ogden

Sound and AV Associate

Tom McKeand

Movement Director

Lanre Malaolu


Ellie Claughton and Lucy Curtis for Changing Face

Associate Producer

John Tomlinson

Production Manager

Suzy Somerville

Stage Manager

Tom Gamble

Production Carpenter

Nick Lundy


Chloe Nelkin
Standard £17
Concession £14
Opening Performances £12

Standard tickets are £12 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). Free for ticket holders and followed by a wine reception courtesy of the Romanian Cultural Institute.

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.

Cancelled: Thursday 18 May: In conversation with the Director, Producer and Set Designer of The Pulverised

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+

Press enquiries: Lucy Curtis —

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