Mercury Theater announces full cast for new production of THEY DON’T PAY? WE WON’T PAY!

Mercury Theater has announced full casting for their upcoming production They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!Deborah McAndrews’ adaptation of Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s Sottopaga? Non si paga! which plays at the venue from March 17-31.

Mercury Theater Creative Director Ryan McBryde directs Joseph Alessi (The Wicker Husband, The Watermill) as Jack, Olatunji Ayofe (After Life, National Theatre) as Lewis, Laura Doddington (The Birds and the BeesNorwich Playhouse/Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds) as Anthea, Tesni Kujore (SPIKE, UK tour) as Maggie and Marc Pickering (Zorro the Musical, Charing Cross Theatre) as Constable/Sergeant/Undertaker/Pops.

The cost of living is out of control – and so is Anthea. Sick of scrimping and scraping to pay her energy bills, she starts a riot in the local supermarket resulting in a group of raging housewives looting the building.

Now, with a pile of freshly “liberated” groceries, Anthea and her best friend Maggie embark on a ludicrous, laugh-a-minute adventure, trying to keep their law-abiding husbands in the dark whilst staying two steps ahead of the crime squad. .

They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! is the work of Dario Fo, Nobel Laureate and the master of farce, and his wife, Franca Rame. Deborah McAndrew’s whip-smart adaptation mixes political satire, hilarious plot twists and wise-cracking dialogue to create a thrilling play about the lengths people will go to when they’re desperate.

Creative Director Ryan McBryde said: “We’ve assembled a crack squad of comic actors to breathe life into Dario Fo’s wild farce that not only shows you how to survive on a diet of dog food and bird seed but also guarantees a great night out. As supermarkets report a desperate shoplifting boom, this classic comedy about a spur of the moment looting feels more prescient than ever.”

The production has design by Zoë Hurwitz, with lighting by Robbie Butler, sound by Mark Meville, and casting by Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG.

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