Chris Dunkley's THE PRECARIAT to Open at Finborough Theatre Today


The world premiere of a new play by award-winning playwright Chris Dunkley, The Precariat, opens at the Finborough Theatre for a limited run of nine Sunday and Monday evening and Tuesday matinee performances, beginning tonight, Sunday, 14 July 2013, following a hugely successful reading as part of Vibrant 2012 - A Festival of Finborough Playwrights, our annual festival of new writing.

Fin's bright. Some would say gifted. But school isn't going well. While he is busy coping with his mum's depression and his younger brother's drug problem, he can feel his future slipping away. The few jobs that are available in North London are part-time or temporary, and Fin knows his future will be a life of unstable pay, minimal social security benefits, no pension and eroding health care. He is the future of the emerging major class - living precarious lives at the mercy of the one percent: The Precariat.

With his world collapsing slowly around him, Fin finds hope and attraction with the girl at the fried chicken drive thru window. But even she can't offer him a way out. Fin makes one final desperate bid to take control over the future - by giving his brother the chance to turn his life around...

Playwright Chris Dunkley's previous productions at the Finborough Theatre include Mirita which was named Time Out Critics' Choice, and transferred Off Broadway to the Cherry La ne Theatre, New York City, alongside his short play Lisa Says ; and the world premiere of The Soft of Her Palm in October 2012. Other theatre includes Smallholding (Nuffie ld, Southampton & High Tide Festival) Almost Blue (Riverside Studios), How to Tell the Truth (S tephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough), Lucy is a Minger (Spinney Hill Theatre, Northampton) and The Festi v al(Wimbledon Studio Theatre). Radio includes The All Colour Vegetarian Cookbook and The Architects, both for the BBC. Chris has been Writer in Residence at Royal and DernGate Theatres, Northampton, and Writer on Attachment at The Royal Court Theatre. He was the 2002 winner of the International Student Playscript Competition and winner of the PMA Writers' Award in 2001.

Director Chris New trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. As an actor, theatre includes Lingua Franca (Finborough Theatre), The Pitchfor k Disney (Arcola Theatre), Pictures from an Exhibition (Sadler's Wells), Prick U p Your Ears (Comedy Theatre), Edward II , Hay F ever (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), The Comedy of Errors , Twelfth Night (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Reporter (National Theatre) and Bent (Trafalgar Studios) for which he was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Newcomer and theWhatsOnStage Theatregoers' Choice Awards nomination for London Newcomer of the Yea r. Film includes the multi-award winning Weekend for which he was named one of The New York Times ' 'Faces to Watch' and was also nominated for Bes t British Newcomer at the BFI London Film Festival. As a writer and director, his work includes the short film Ticking, which premiered at the Nashville Film Festival in April 2013, and the feature film Chicken.

Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Road, London SW10 9ED
Box Office 0844 847 1652 Book online at
Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 30 July 2013
Sunday and Monday evenings at 7.30pm. Tuesday matinees at 2.00pm.
Tickets £14, £10 concessions.
Performance length: Approximately ninety minutes with no interval.

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