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4-23 September 2023

19:30, 14:30

Brassic FM

Gate Theatre

A new piece of gig theatre about how our perspectives on work and making money are tied up in class and culture.

Co-created and written by Zia Ahmed

Co-created and directed Stef O'Driscoll


work. class.

work + class.

working class.


in a place of bootlegs and own brands

postcodes and homelands


What does it mean to have a real job anyway?


Co-created by poet Zia Ahmed and Gate Theatre’s Interim Artistic Director Stef O’Driscoll, comes an exciting and provocative new piece of gig theatre about precarity, and how our perspectives on work and making money are tied up in class and culture.


Zia Ahmed (he/him) is a poet and writer hailing from North-West London. He is part of the London Laureates, having been shortlisted for London's Young Poet Laureate 2015/16. He is a former Roundhouse Slam Champion and a Writer in Residence at Paines Plough as part of Channel 4's Playwright Scheme 2017. In 2018 he was chosen to be a part of the Bush Theatre's Emerging Writers Group. His credits include I Wanna Be Yours (Bush Theatre). Zia has also written for My White Best Friend and is currently under commission with the Royal Court and the Bush Theatre.


Stef O'Driscoll (she/they) is the Interim Artistic Director at Gate Theatre. She is an award-winning theatre director and was previously the Artistic Director of nabokov , the Associate Director at Paines Plough and the broadcast on BBC 1Xtra winning Best Radio production at the BBC Radio and Music Awards 2019. As Director, theatre credits include: How To Save The Planet When You're a Young Carer and Broke (Boundless Theatre), Love Reign (Young Vic), A History of Water in the Middle East (Royal Court), Inside This Box (Clean Break); Lit (Nottingham Playhouse/Hightide), Box Clever (The Bunker), Yard Gal (Ovalhouse, winner of Fringe Report Awards for Best Fringe Production 2009); On The Other Hand We're Happy, Daughterhood, Dexter and Winter's Detective Agency (Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd 2019 Roundabout Season); Island Town, Sticks and Stones, How To Spot An Alien (Paines Plough/Theatr Clwyd 2018 Roundabout Season); With A Little Bit of Luck; Hopelessly Devoted (Paines Plough).

More collaborators to be announced.


Estimated running time


Performance times

19:30, 14:30

Ticket prices

£12 - £18


Full-time students, those aged under 16, senior citizens, the unwaged, members of Equity and BECTU


Theatro Technis is fully wheelchair accessible. Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome in the auditorium. There is a Loop system fitted in the main auditorium. If you have any questions or specific requests, please email


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