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Person Specification
In Development

AN INTERVIEW1 CONSULTATION2 TRAINING3 SCHEME4 ON BEHALF OF JOBCENTRE PLUS5.

In Person Specification a theatre audience help interview a new candidate for an exciting role. The work address the new precarity of work, ‘uberisation’, zero-hour contracts, and the gig-economy. We’re working with partners and venues to develop the piece now, at a moment where millions more people across the world are facing unemployment, underemployment. 

We’re initially developing the show in the UK and Spain, with the intention of sharing it internationally.

1 Surreal
2 Political
3 Participatory
4 Work-in-development
6 Absolutely not

Team
Alfie Heffer
Andy Owen Cook
Inés Collado
Olga Hernádez

A Backstory

“In 2017 writer Andrew Cook was commissioned to produce a series of role plays for a large recruitment company wanting to develop its hiring strategy. The specification was, ‘to discover and create workers flexible to creating their own future’.

Undergoing extreme financial hardship, Andrew completed most of the work in Manchester’s Medical Evaluations Unit, while also participating in a fifteen day medical trial for which he received £3219. Under extreme financial stress, Andrew’s mental stability at this time began to falter. However he did complete the role plays, mostly from his bed on the ward.

The trial produced no symptoms or effects, and as far as we understand the drug is now on the market. However, by the time Andrew emerged from the Unit although physically healthy he had by his own account (in a Facebook post and series of tweets) “turned from the meagre balcony of his sanity” to go “freely through the hotel of another place altogether.”

Today Andrew is fine.

Everything in this performance is from the role plays Andrew wrote in the document he eventually and submitted one hour after his deadline. That document is here tonight, and all that remains is what will be written by us. By you.

Andrew was never paid for the work he completed.”