By Joseph Kelly


Wellspring Theatre

Supported by Arts Council England, East 15 Acting School and The Pleasance
In partnership with Zero Hours Justice

A struggling gig-economy worker receives a lifeline when an affluent young couple hires him to babysit for their 4-month-old child. The job seems simple enough; until another man appears at the house also claiming to be the babysitter. As the mystery unfolds, the men become entrapped in a nightmare shift, both unwilling to leave the baby in the hands of the other. Through psychological realism, pitch black comedy and undertones of horror, we create a taut social thriller that places the audience in the impossible position of not knowing which character to trust.

Creative Team & Cast

Writer Joseph Kelly
Director Katherine Nesbitt
Designer Blythe Brett
Sound Designer Mekel Edwards
Lighting Designer Alan Walden
Producer Grace Dickson

Cast Rebecca Clay, Catriona Faint, Michael Fatogun, Daniel Leadbitter, Sarah Merrifield, William Shackleton

Project History

The team completed an Arts Council-funded R&D of this new black comedy with support from the Pleasance in March 2021, under Covid conditions. The script was written in consultation with Zero Hours Justice, an organisation dedicated to the campaign for better workplace conditions and rights for gig economy workers.

Photography Lidia Crisafulli