Alexander Zeldin’s brutally honest and humorous piece about the dangers of zero-hours contracts
Alexander Zeldin’s Beyond Caring, a highly topical show which pulls no punches, is set to be performed at Manchester’s Home following critically acclaimed runs at The Yard and the National Theatre in London.
Beyond Caring paints a vivid depiction of the human cost of zero-hours contracts. Four people arrive to work the night shift in a meat factory. They meet for the first time. They are employed as cleaners, by a temp agency. They are all on zero-hours contracts. Every shift, they clean. Every four hours, they take a break. They drink tea or coffee together. They read magazines. They chat.
As it gets light, they go home, or to another job. The cycle goes on… And on… Strangers. Until something stirs, until isolated people get too close to one another, too fast.
The brutally honest and darkly humorous play, penned by Alexander Zeldin following thorough investigation, first-hand experience and with the co-operation of individuals in low-paid work, exposes the sometimes desperate stories of an invisible class.
Beyond Caring is performed at Home from 13-16 July 2016.