Everybody knows nobody has any money anymore. So what?
Deep in the Faraway Forest you’ll find Meal Ticket, devised by women with experience of the criminal justice system in collaboration with Cathy Naden of Forced Entertainment. From women surviving on the edges in the age of austerity, this semi autobiographical piece explores what it’s like when you have money... and what it’s like when you don’t.
Meal Ticket looks at secrets around money and trading, the shame around debt, the money we owe, and the people who chase us or judge us for our debt. The performers divulge the price tag on everything – from t-shirt and jeans, to how much it costs to style their hair, their bodies – to debts of another kind, like managing the aftermath of addiction on the body. Meal Ticket explores the performers’ experiences of extreme hardship in an overtly autobiographical way; the kind of stories that they tell make you wonder how they are still alive, and here they are, talking about the loss of what’s known, what we count on, and what we envisage as the future of our lives, with one dodgy karaoke machine in tow.
Performed by graduates of Clean Break’s Education programme, Sarah Jane Dent, Eddy Emenike and Sonya Hale, Meal Ticket premiered at Latitude Festival on 19 and 20 July, 2014, to an audience of approximately 170 people.
“Powerful, wonderfully brave, moving theatre”
'It’s raw, emotional theatre but the wonderful, fresh setting and the evident delight the actors took in performing to a big crowd made it memorable.'
Isabel Berwick - Financial Times