Saxon Court joins the growing list of new plays tackling the economic collapse, and while lacking the creative innovation of work like Clare Duffy’s Money: The Game Show at the Bush or Anders Lustgarten’s If You Don’t Let Us Dream, We Won’t Let You Sleep at the Royal Court, Daniel Andersen’s salty, astute debut proves a solid addition to the canon.
It’s Christmas 2011 and the employees of recruitment-to-recruitment company Saxon Court are itching to trade work for partying. Boss Donna (Debra Baker) struggles to get into the party spirit: her co-founder is in hospital and a drop in business means she has to lay someone off. In her sights are dozy new recruit Noel (Scott Hazell), peevish bombshell Tash (Alice Franklin) and eccentric Mervyn (Adam Brown). Swaggering wide boy Joey (John Pickard) and perpetually scowling Nat (Sophie Ellerby) face personal crises that impact on the company, while Occupy London’s tent city swells outside their doors.