Desperate Measures: Below the Breadline

In a world where debt, identity crisis and prejudice are factors towards the term ‘Broken Britain’, it is more difficult than ever for young people to succeed. Simply See Productions have tackled the topic of austerity Britain and have triumphed. Such a potentially moralising storyline could have been lacking in power; yet the bold staging and complex narrative makes Desperate Measures: Below the Breadline an engaging watch.

Desperate Measures: Below the Breadline is a brilliantly fresh take on the topic of austerity Britain.

Multiple storylines about young people’s life expectations weave in between each other throughout this innovative piece of theatre. These characters lack any personal relation with each other; what ties them together is a mutual feeling of identity crisis and their futures.

The choreography is nothing short of brilliant. The ensemble work well together in seamlessly navigating the audience through the weaving plots. As a chorus, their physicality is fluid and bursts with vibrant energy throughout the performance.

What stands out the most is the incredibly clear and current script. Occasionally there can be a tendency to talk about austerity Britain quite philosophically. Though Below the Breadline’s script is thoughtful when raising the issues behind the muted voices of our young generation, the vocabulary never becomes too pretentious. The language stays thankfully stays convincingly realistic.

Desperate Measures: Below the Breadline is a brilliantly fresh take on the topic of austerity Britain. The company’s attention to detail with their choreography and fresh playwriting sheds new light on the future of our young generation. Whilst this production leaves little hope for the characters, there is much hope to be head for the futures of all of the company members of Simply See Productions.

Reviews by Dan Parker

theSpace on the Mile

One for My Baby

C venues - C

All the King's Men presents: Radio Gaga

Pleasance Dome

Big Bite Size Breakfast Show

C venues – C cubed

Desperate Measures: Below the Breadline

Underbelly, Cowgate



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 £1.7m to support theatre workers affected by the pandemic.
Donate to Acting For Others now



The Blurb

Enter a world of debt, prejudice and a million ideas about identity. A world where everyone says they’re right but nobody is accountable. In Broken Britain where living has just become existing, the muted voices of a nation struggle to be heard. See life through the eyes of the austerity generation as they struggle to make their mark on history, in a time where the worth of the individual seems overpowered by the strength of a failing system.

Most Popular See More

Mamma Mia!

From £18.00

More Info

Find Tickets


From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets

The Phantom of the Opera

From £27.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Frozen the Musical

From £36.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Pretty Woman: The Musical

From £24.00

More Info

Find Tickets

Grease the Musical

From £21.00

More Info

Find Tickets