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Empty In Angel

10 September 2021 to 20 November 2021Visit website

Empty In Angel is an inspirational new play about the gig economy and it is returning to London following its sell-out success in 2019. Empty In Angel tells the true story of a bicycle courier and her community’s astounding fight for workers’ rights.  

“The play follows central character ‘Watsie’ (because they’re from Watford) around London by bike, from gig to gig. Watsie, played by Darcy Willison (BBC Casualty, Lord of The Flies at The Greenwich Theatre), encounters an array of characters en route, also masterfully played by Darcy. Under the direction of Katherine Reilly (Face the Camera and Smile, In the Dollhouse, The Trials of Frankie Flynn), a story unfolds showing the collective effort of this community to improve their working conditions which ends in a historic legal battle. 


When Law Society Policy Adviser James Woolf attended a presentation on the gig economy, he was inspired to write a play.  To ensure the accuracy of the script, Woolf enlisted the help of the Independent Workers of Great Britain (IWGB), the trade union that supported the couriers through the original court case, and worked with a number of the plaintiffs, but extensively with the courier at the heart of the tribunal, who Watsie is based on. “

Writer James Woolf says: “This is about something happening right now. I want to bring attention to the fight gig economy workers face today against an exploitative employment model in a dynamic and informative way. Bringing this piece back following the pandemic is even more crucial as the gig economy expanded so much last year to meet consumer demands. I really hope audiences leave with a little fire in their belly.”

The Empty In Angel tour starts on 10th September at the Etcetera Theatre at 7pm and finishes at The Old Red Lion on 20th November at 7:30pm. Tickets start at £12.

For more information about dates and locations, please visit the Empty In Angel website

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