They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!

A Mercury Production

Laura Doddington Tesni Kujore They Dont Pay We Wont Pay Photo by Pamela Raith
Jack Shalloo Marc Pickering Joseph Alessi 1 They Dont Pay We Wont Pay Photo by Pamela Raith
Tesni Kujore Laura Doddington They Dont Pay We Wont Pay Photo by Pamela Raith
Jack Shalloo Marc Pickering Joseph Alessi 2 They Dont Pay We Wont Pay Photo by Pamela Raith
Tesni Kujore Laura Doddington Marc Pickering They Dont Pay We Wont Pay Photo by Pamela Raith
Joseph Alessi Jack Shalloo They Dont Pay We Wont Pay Photo by Pamela Raith
Tesni Kujore Marc Pickering Laura Doddington They Dont Pay We Wont Pay Photo by Pamela Raith
Marc Pickering They Dont Pay We Wont Pay Photo by Pamela Raith
Joseph Alessi They Dont Pay We Wont Pay Photo by Pamela Raith
Jack Shalloo Tesni Kujore They Dont Pay We Wont Pay Photo by Pamela Raith
Tesni Kujore Marc Pickering Joseph Alessi They Dont Pay We Wont Pay Photo by Pamela Raith
Laura Doddington They Dont Pay We Wont Pay Photo by Pamela Raith
Full Company They Dont Pay We Wont Pay Photo by Pamela Raith
Jack Shalloo Joseph Alessi They Dont Pay We Wont Pay Photo by Pamela Raith
Full Company They Dont Pay.. Photo by Pamela Raith
Laura Doddington Tesni Kujore They Dont Pay.. Photo by Pamela Raith
Joseph Alessi Jack Shalloo 2 They Dont Pay.. Photo by Pamela Raith
Marc Pickering Laura Doddington Tesni Kujore They Dont Pay.. Photo by Pamela Raith
Marc Pickering Jack Shalloo They Dont Pay.. Photo by Pamela Raith
Ryan McBryde They Dont Pay.. Photo by Pamela Raith
Joseph Alessi Jack Shalloo 1 They Dont Pay.. Photo by Pamela Raith
Laura Doddington Tesni Kujore Marc Pickering They Dont Pay.. Photo by Pamela Raith
Joseph Alessi They Dont Pay.. Photo by Pamela Raith
Laura Doddington They Dont Pay.. Photo by Pamela Raith
Marc Pickering They Dont Pay.. Photo by Pamela Raith
Tesni Kujore Marc Pickering Joseph Alessi Jack Shalloo They Dont Pay.. Photo by Pamela Raith
Tesni Kujore Jack Shalloo Joseph Alessi They Dont Pay.. Photo by Pamela Raith
Tesni Kujore Laura Doddington They Dont Pay.. Photo by Pamela Raith
Show Information
Showing on:
Fri 31 March 2023
Duration:
Approx. 2hrs 20mins, incl. interval
Price:
Genre:
Array
Venue:
Theatre
Age Guidance:
12+

By Dario Fo and Franca Rame
Adapted by Deborah McAndrew

A ferociously funny political farce

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. 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.

They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! is being brought to life by the Mercury Theatre’s Creative Director, Ryan McBryde (Baskerville, The Comedy Of Errors, Oliver)

Additional Events

There will be a post-show Q&A on Tue 28 Mar, 7.30pm.

Join us on Tue 28 Mar, 4pm for a free They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! – Tour of Workshop and Stage. (Note: Event is free but spaces are limited so must be booked in advance)

 Accessibility

We will be hosting a Relaxed Performance on Thu 23 Mar, 2.30pm, an Audio Described performance on Thu 30 Mar, 2.30pm (with a Touch tour at 1pm) and a Captioned performance on Thu 30 Mar, 7.30pm.

We have put together a social story, should you require it. Please be aware this contains spoilers.

Read the Social Story

Charity Collections for Colchester Food Bank

We will be holding charity bucket collections for Colchester Food Bank after all performances of They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay! and we encourage our audience members to donate non-perishable food items at our Food Bank drop-off point in our Box Office.

Schools

There is a schools offer of £11.50 tickets, with 1 free ticket for a teacher or member of support staff per 10 tickets sold.

You can book today (and even pre-order your ice cream) by filling in our form or by calling our customer experience team on 01206 573948. Please be aware the form will ask you for your first and second choice performances dates and times, so please do have a look through the performance schedule below before heading over to the form.

Schools Order Form

If you’re attending the show as a school we’ve put together an Education Pack with a number of resources to introduce students to the show prior to your visit.

Education Pack

Videos

Joseph Alessi HEADSHOT Web

Joseph Alessi

Jack

Theatre includes: The Wicker Husband (Watermill Theatre); Moonlight & Magnolias (Nottingham Playhouse); Road, Europe, A Christmas Carol and Around the World in 80 Days (Leeds Playhouse); The Lorax (Old Vic); Fatherland (Royal Exchange/Lyric Hammersmith/Manchester International Festival); The Plague (Arcola); Adding Machine (Finborough); Monster Raving Loony (Drum Theatre, Plymouth & Soho Theatre); The One That Got Away (Ustinov Theatre, Bath); The Hook (Royal & Derngate, Northampton & Everyman, Liverpool); Brief Encounter (Kneehigh, UK, USA, Australian tours & Studio 54, Broadway); Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal & Derngate, Northampton); Tartuffe (Liverpool Playhouse & ETT UK tour); Absurd Person Singular (Curve, Leicester); Privates on Parade (West Yorkshire Playhouse & Birmingham Rep); The Drowsy Chaperone (West End); Antony & Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and The Tempest (RSC, West End & USA); The Postman Always Rings Twice (West Yorkshire Playhouse & West End); The Play Wot I Wrote (UK tour); Light (Complicite, Almeida & UK tour); The Colour of Justice – The Stephen Lawrence Enquiry (Tricycle Theatre, London) and Animal Crackers (Royal Exchange, UK tour, Barbican & West End).

Recent TV includes: Coronation Street (ITV); EastEnders (BBC); I Live with Models (Comedy Central); Mummy’s Boys (Comedy Central) and Mr Selfridge (ITV).

Laura Doddington HEADSHOT Web

Laura Doddington

Anthea

Theatre credits include: The Birds and the Bees (New Wolsey Ipswich/Norwich Playhouse/Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal); Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Educating Rita (The Mill at Sonning); Boeing Boeing and Bedroom Farce (Oldham Coliseum and tour); Mansfield Park (Bury St Edmunds and tour); Man of the Moment, Private Fears in Public Places and Time of My Life (Northampton); Alphabetical Order and Oleanna (New Vic). She has worked extensively with Alan Ayckbourn at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough originating multiple roles in his new writing and reviving many roles in his previous works.

TV credits include: The Midwich Cuckoos (Sky Drama); multiple appearances in Doctors (BBC); Holby City (BBC); Casualty (BBC); People Just Do Nothing (BBC); EastEnders (BBC) and Prime Suspect 7 (ITV).

Tesni Kujore HEADSHOT Web

Tesni Kujore

Maggie

Training: Tesni trained at Identity School of Acting and regularly attends workshops around London.

Theatre credits include: SPIKE (National tour); Dance to the Bone (Sherman Theatre); Little Women in Black (The Wardrobe Theatre); Mission Control (National Theatre Wales); Arawelo (Broadway Theatre); Red Balloon (Katzpace Theatre); Lemmata (Tristan Bates Theatre); Dhagdheer (Stanley Hall) and PYNEAPPLE (Tristan Bates Theatre).

Television credits include: Craith/Hidden (Series 2, BBC,S4C).

Voiceover credits include: Mission Control (National Wales) and Women in Sport (Listening Books).

Tesni has recently finished playing Myra Secombe in SPIKE a new play by Ian Hislop and Nick Newman.

Marc Pickering Headshot web crop

Marc Pickering

Constable/Sergeant/Undertaker/Pops/Postman

Training: Guildford School of Acting & 4 years with the National Youth Music Theatre.

Marc is best known for playing Young Nucky Thompson in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and R Wayne in Peter Kay’s Britain’s Got the Pop Factor! He also played Young Masbath in Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow.

Theatre credits include: Sgt Garcia in Zorro the Musical (Charing Cross Theatre); Actor 1 in Baskerville! (Mercury Theatre); John Merrick in The Elephant Man (Trafalgar Studios); Eddie in Honeymoon Suite (Hull Truck Theatre); Solanio and Arragon in The Merchant of Venice (Arcola Theatre); William and Dr Anderson in The Return of the Soldier (Hope Mill Theatre); White Dude in The Toxic Avenger (Southwark Playhouse); Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Wilton’s Music Hall); Reiver in An Incident at the Border (Trafalgar Studios 2); Scarecrow at The Wizard of Oz (Royal & Derngate); Demon Vanity in Mother Goose and Luke Backinanger in Jack and the Beanstalk (Marlowe Theatre); Harry in Night of the Living Dead Live! (Pleasance Theatre); The Cat in the Hat in Seussical and Doctor Gloom in Bananaman (Southwark Playhouse); Fenton in As We Forgive Them (E.R.T company); Colin in The Glee Club (Hull Truck Tour); Private Whiticker in The Long & the Short & the Tall (Pleasance Theatre); Abanazar in Aladdin and Brother Aldermann in Dick Whittington (Milton Keynes).

Film roles include: Montparnasse in Les Misérables; Vinny in To Be Someone; Sgt Billing in Brothers of Italy; Reggie Kray in The Krays: Dead Man Walking; Hereward in A Viking Saga: The Darkest Day; Danny in Kill Keith; Randall in The Task; Sam in I Want Candy; Kung Fu Brian in Cashback; Henry in The Queen of Sheba’s Pearls; Gaz in Calendar Girls; Andrea Zane in Secret Passage; Young Masbath in Sleepy Hollow.

Television credits include: Mr Barge in All Creatures Great & Small (Channel 5); Dixie in Doctors (BBC 1); Pizza Delivery Guy in Josh (BBC 2); Ipollito D’este in Borgia III (Netflix); Sammy in Dalziel & Pascoe (BBC 1); Tommy in Cricklewood Greats (BBC 4); Hugh in Which is Witch (I Love Television).

Twitter: @marcpickering

Jack Shalloo HEADSHOT Web

Jack Shalloo

Lewis

Jack has recently wrapped filming a series regular role on Season 2 of ITV’s The Tower alongside Gemma Whelan, Tahirah Sharif and Emmett J Scanlan. The series is directed by Jim Loach and will air in 2023.

He can currently be seen as series regular, Goldberg, in Netflix & Red Productions Stay Close – Harlan Coban’s latest thriller starring James Nesbitt, Cush Jumbo & Richard Armitage, which reached no.1 on Netflix UK.

At the end of last year, Jack starred in the Old Vic’s production of A Christmas Carol, directed by Matthew Warchus, playing the role of Bob Cratchit alongside Stephen Mangan’s Scrooge.

Before, he filmed on Dali Land for Zephyr Films, directed by Mary Harron & starring Ben Kingsley in the title role.

Prior to this, he was seen as Private Seymour in Sam Mendes’ highly acclaimed 1917 and Belgravia for ITV, playing the recurring role of Morris.

Jack’s further TV credits include: White Farm House Murders (ITV); White Gold (BBC/Netflix); London Kills (BBC/Acorn TV); Doctor Who (BBC); Call The Midwife (BBC); Humans (Channel 4); People Just Do Nothing (BBC); Jade Armor (HBO); Dickensian (BBC); The Interceptor (BBC); Monster Hunters (NFTS); Doctors (BBC); The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher (Hat Trick); Awkward Turtle (Cannes Film Festival/SBTV); Excluded (BBC/Team Angelica); Miranda Hart New Year’s Eve Sketch Show (BBC); Holby City (BBC); The Man Who Loves Lakes (BBC); The Bill (Granada); Out of Control (BBC) and EastEnders (BBC).

His theatre credits include: Girl from the North Country (Original Cast – Old Vic & Noel Coward); Nuclear – The 5 Plays Project (Young Vic); The Little Match Girl (The Globe); Groundhog Day (Original Cast – Old Vic); Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh); Charlie & the Chocolate Factory (Original Cast – Drury Lane); Goodbye Barcelona (Arcola Theate); Hamlet (Royal & Derngate); A Clockwork Orange (Theatre Royal Stratford East); The Departure Lounge (Perfect Pitch) and Our House (Birmingham Rep/UK tour).

Jack’s other film credits include: Lynn & Lucy (BBC Films/Rosetta Productions); Kick Off (Achillies Entertainment); Fit (Stonewall) and Bashment (Team Angelica).

Jack is a highly accomplished and extremely talented singer and musician.

www.jackshalloo.co.uk

Creatives

Adaptor – Deborah McAndrew
Director – Ryan McBryde
Designer – Zoë Hurwitz
Lighting Designer – Robbie Butler
Composer and Sound Designer – Mark Melville
Casting Director – Ellie Collyer-Bristow CDG

★★★★★

“It is the most interesting and entertaining piece of theatre I have seen for a long time”

Southend Theatre Scene

★★★★★

“Buy a hot ticket to see this hilarious production”

Southend Theatre Scene

“Hilarious and bang on the money!”

Audience review

“I cannot think of higher praise than this… I plan on coming back to watch this show again!”

The VI Critic

★★★★

Fast, furious and very funny, this is farce with a fire in its belly

The Times (on Deborah McAndrew's script)

★★★★

A farce for our times

The Observer (on Deborah McAndrew's script)

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