Following a postponement due to the Covid pandemic, Empty in Angel returns to the stage this autumn, bringing its hit exploration of the gig economy to a quartet of London venues, the Etcetera Theatre, Hen & Chickens Theatre, Bloomsbury Theatre and Old Red Lion Theatre. Book your tickets now!
James Woolf‘s tale of a bicycle courier opens its London tour at the Etcetera from 10 to 12 September 2021, returning for a second stint between 29 and 30 October. Its second stop is at Islington’s Hen & Chickens Theatre, where it runs from 15-16 September. The tour stops for a single performance at the Bloomsbury Theatre on 10 October before finishing at the Old Red Lion between 17 and 20 November.
Empty in Angel tells the story of a bicycle courier and her community’s astounding fight for workers’ rights in the gig economy – their simple demands for fairness, dignity and security which will end in a historic legal battle.
Based on actual events, Empty in Angel lifts the lid on the gig economy and tells it like it is. It is a powerful piece of political theatre about something happening right now, the burgeoning movement to fight back against the gig economy ethos.
Law Society Policy Adviser Woolf was inspired to write Empty in Angel after attended a lunchtime presentation on the gig economy. The drama was written with the full knowledge, approval and cooperation of the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB), the trade union that supported the courier through the court case which forms the foundation for this play. Throughout the writing of the piece, the main players in the story were available to Woolf to ensure the accuracy of the script.
Empty in Angel was first staged at the White Bear Theatre in 2019. Following that run, it was a finalist in two categories at the Standing Ovation Awards. Audiences described the production as, “Brilliant. Captivating from beginning to end,” “cracking script, cracking story, cracking actress – loved it,” and “A very powerful piece of theatre, an amazing 60 minutes.” Chris Lilly, in his review for London Pub Theatres, said it was “inspirational and engaging”.
Darcy Willison, who starred in the original White Bear Theatre production, returns to the production for its 2020 run. The actor, who trained at Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company, boast previous credits including Lazarus’ Lord of the Flies and Little Fish Theatre’s Where The Lines Are Drawn.
While Ursula Campbell directed the original production of Empty in Angel, this new tour is directed by Katherine Reilly. Reilly’s previous directing credits include Face the Camera and Smile (Kings Head Theatre), In the Dollhouse (Theatre N16 and Old Diorama Arts Centre) and The Trials of Frankie Flynn (Courtyard Theatre).
Writer Woolf is a playwright and short story writer whose work has appeared in Ambit, Spread The Word, Village Square Journal and Riggwelter, and have been shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize and Exeter Short Story Prize.
Empty in Angel runs at Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High Street, London NW1 7BU from 10-12 September and 29-30 October 2021 with performances 10 & 11 Sep 7pm, 12 Sep 6pm and 29-30 Oct 9pm. Tickets are priced £16.50. It runs Hen and Chickens Theatre, 109 St Paul’s Road, London N1 2NA from 15-16 September at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £15.75. It runs at Bloomsbury Theatre, 15 Gordon Street, London WC1H 0AH on 10 October 2021 at 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £16.50. It finishes its tour at Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St Johns Street, London EC1V 4NJ from 17-20 November with performances Wednesday to Saturday 7.30pm. Tickets are priced £15. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!!