Following a première at the National Theatre of Strasbourg, where it won the prestigious Grand Prix de la Litérature, Alexandra Badea’s The Pulverised arrives in the UK with a new English translation.
A quality assurance officer from France, a call centre manager from Senegal, a factory worker from China, and an engineer from Romania – in four corners of the world, they are all engaged in one struggle: the multinational conglomerate they work for is trying to engulf their every waking moment. The Pulverised is a vital new play about escaping the rat race, overcoming distances and discovering new life.
When work knows no borders, what’s the cost? Badea’s explosive drama is a powerful and unsettling portrait of globalisation’s far-reaching grip on our working lives. Director Andy Sava comments,
“The Pulverised is an urgent tale about multinational corporations, and how they have changed our lives through eroding all borders and boundaries. The play tracks the journey of a character who is following the sun, on a round-the-world business trip – it reveals how extremely close and how intimately connected we are, from Shanghai’s factories to Bucharest’s “silicone valley”. Through the storms of market head winds, the personal dramas of failed performance targets, love stories, despair and death, The Pulverised gives us a full throttle unadulterated encounter with our present day working lives.”
The casts includes Rebecca Boey, Richard Corgan, Solomon Israel and Kate Miles in this intimate and urgent story, told from a global perspective, with voices from four corners of the earth.
The Pulverised will play the Arcola Theatre from 2 – 27 May. For information and to book tickets, please see the website. Images thanks to Dashti Jahfar