A Working Title is about the belated coming-of-age and struggles of millennials as they confront a world of expectations and disappointments. They make it up as they go along, hence the title of this production. A group of young people tell us different aspects of their lives with frustration and energy in equal measure.

A performance that captures a prevalent sentiment of millennials today who feel left out and left behind

The show seems to have no unifying plot, but instead, we are treated to snapshots of city life from characters with different careers and ambitions. Luke is a banker who feels increasingly trapped by a world of numbers and equations, to the point that he struggles to communicate with the attractive receptionist he likes; Emelie finds life in London to be very different from France both in terms of work and the dating culture (ie Tinder); while Bryony seems responsible only for buying coffee for her boss in the city. What brings them together, though, is a sense of disillusionment and fear that their current lives would amount to little or nothing.

Throughout, we are treated to a mixture of physical theatre, musical, fairy tale and drama. And between each segment, the busker (Ash Goosey) strums his guitar interval with lyrical recitations about the daily disappointments of our generation. For a show that riffs endlessly upon the tired trope of youthful burdens, the thematic over-insistence is only counterbalanced by the performance of the various theatre genres in the duration of the show. At times, even the busker’s musical monologues can seem rather lengthy and slow, despite the fact that he embodies the show’s mantra that “In little ways we change the city’s beat, and every stranger that we meet”. Otherwise, the physical choreography is idiosyncratic and excellent from the outset, with audience engagement providing refreshing rapport.

There is much to admire from this group of young actors. It is a performance that captures a prevalent sentiment of millennials today who feel left out and left behind. Even so, as the play aspires to bring together the many different voices of this society, not all the threads connect, and they do not build up to anything substantial. But everything is a working title after all.

Reviews by Timothy Leonine Tsang

Zoo

Child’s Play

★★★
Greenside @ Infirmary Street

Deadline

★★★★
Pleasance Dome

Big Bite-Size Breakfast Show

★★★★
SpaceTriplex

A Working Title

★★★

Since you’re here…

… we have a small favour to ask. We don't want your money to support a hack's bar bill at Abattoir, but if you have a pound or two spare, we really encourage you to support a good cause. If this review has either helped you discover a gem or avoid a turkey, consider doing some good that will really make a difference.

You can donate to the charity of your choice, but if you're looking for inspiration, there are three charities we really like.

Mama Biashara
Kate Copstick’s charity, Mama Biashara, works with the poorest and most marginalised people in Kenya. They give grants to set up small, sustainable businesses that bring financial independence and security. That five quid you spend on a large glass of House White? They can save someone’s life with that. And the money for a pair of Air Jordans? Will take four women and their fifteen children away from a man who is raping them and into a new life with a moneymaking business for Mum and happiness for the kids.
Donate to Mama Biashara now

Theatre MAD
The Make A Difference Trust fights HIV & AIDS one stage at a time. Their UK and International grant-making strategy is based on five criteria that raise awareness, educate, and provide care and support for the most vulnerable in society. A host of fundraising events, including Bucket Collections, Late Night Cabarets, West End Eurovision, West End Bares and A West End Christmas continue to raise funds for projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Donate to Theatre MAD now

Acting For Others
Acting for Others provides financial and emotional support to all theatre workers in times of need through the 14 member charities. During the COVID-19 crisis Acting for Others have raised over £600,000 to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now

Performances

Location

The Blurb

It's about living in the city in a generation of renters, Tinder swipers, never-left-the-nesters, budget shoppers, internshipers, over-the-recommended-daily-allowance-drinkers, minimum wage workers, sofa surfers and daydreamers. It's about how disappointed your spotty 16-year-old self would be by their future life, dominated by Netflix, no money and sharing a shower with eight strangers. It's about turning 25 and not having your shit together. It's about people. Six people, and the little snippets that make up a day in their lives. Explored with a jaunty live soundtrack, poetry, dancing and silly voices.

Most Popular See More

Mamma Mia!

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Wicked

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Play That Goes Wrong

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Pretty Woman: The Musical

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets

My Fair Lady

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Book of Mormon

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets