By Caitlin McEwan
Supported by Arts Council England and The Playground Theatre
In partnership with the Clean Clothes Campaign
Shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Playwriting
Longlisted for the Soho Theatre’s Verity Bargate Award
At the offices of Zenish, a digital fashion and lifestyle magazine, Kate, the third assistant to the editor in chief is burning out whilst having to also manage the new intern Bella.
On the other side of the city at RightPlace, a recruitment agency, Steph and Frankie discover a note stitched into the lining of a shirt recently bought off the high street. The note is a cry for help from an exploited sweatshop worker. Frankie and Steph can’t ignore it. But how much can they help?
Everything Must Go is a dark comedy about online activism, wilful ignorance and the experience of being a woman under capitalism.
We are now actively seeking production opportunities for Everything Must Go. To request the sharing pack and/or video, please email Producer, Grace Dickson.
Creative Team & Cast
Writer Caitlin McEwan
Director Lizzie Manwaring
Designer Eleanor Bull
Sound Designer Tingying Dong
Lighting Designer Lucia Sanchez Roldan
Movement Director Laurie Ogden
Stage Manager Lauren Taylor
Videographer Renee Bailey
Producer Grace Dickson
Clean Clothes Campaign Advisor Ilana Winterstein
Sustainability Advisor Alice Boyd
Cast Louisa Harland, Olivia Marcus, Alice Vilanculo & Jacoba Williams
Following the success of Caitlin’s script, which was inspired by her unease around fast fashion, we undertook an Arts Council-funded R&D supported by the Playground Theatre. As well as interrogating the script, beginning to develop the world of the play through design, and experimenting with movement, we used this R&D as an opportunity to reflect on our practice and morals as theatre-makers. Given the themes tackled in the play, we wanted to ensure our process was sustainable in all meanings of the word – this included reducing material waste, prioritising creatives’ welfare and examining freelancers’ practice. We also wanted to encourage true collaboration and discussion around how to make each others’ practices more sustainable.
Due to increased lockdown restrictions, we split our R&D across January and March 2021. As a live audience was not permitted, we filmed our R&D sharing and screened this on Zoom to an invited audience.
Key Art Madison Coby