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The Assistants

The Assistants

by Jemma Carlton 


19th & 20th July 



John Thaw Studio 


Part of the John Thaw Initiative Graduate Season 2019 



It’s part of the game, you turn one of them down and that’s it. The door is now closed.

 Meet Donna, Cynthia and Bonnie. Its 1987, Madonna is blasting on the radio and there doesn’t seem to be enough coffee in the world to make it through this Monday morning. Smart, brutal, funny and talented- these women are the invisible cogs that make this production company whirr.

Overworked, underpaid and unappreciated, the introduction of a young and bright-eyed intern shakes up the office and has the women thinking that things could be different…

Inspired by The Bechdel Test, this explosive debut by Jemma Carlton delves headfirst into the charged cultural climate that built the #MeToo movement we know today. With the pen handed back to the women who were silenced, The Assistants brings you into the staffroom to witness first-hand the stories written out of history.