Responsible Product

A one-act play by Christopher Loft

‘I don’t like reality.’

‘Well, it’s not for everyone.’

Amos and Seymour work in the telesales department of a reputable company. They have a job to do, and if they don't meet the quota they face instant dismissal. But it's not easy. Then there's Beatrice, whose unusual methods of coping with the daily pressures can cause others to develop nervous conditions. There's Deirdre, the new girl, who may or may not be a company spy. And overseeing everything is the supervisor, Esmeralda. She's hoping to be promoted to management soon, and she's not going to let anything stand in her way, especially a couple of useless employees who can't make their quota. One thing is certain: with this group of workers, not everyone's going to make it out of here in one piece. This is the kind of job that makes unemployment seem attractive.

Responsible Product is a new play about how awful everything is. Especially work. It's filled with despair, a bit of bad language and the occasional outbreak of violence. And yes, it's a comedy. Ha bloody ha.

Responsible Product featured as part of Stagewrite 2016 at the Place Theatre, Bedford, on Friday March 11th.

Christopher Loft with the cast and crew (photo: John Stenhouse)