Who’d be a boss at Xmas? Saxon Court satire opens at Southwark Playhouse

Saxon Court

The satirical comedy Saxon Court opens at Southwark Playhouse tomorrow just in time to put you in the mood to face Christmas.

Daniel Andersen’s story will strike a note with office workers everywhere – especially those who embarrassed themselves at the annual Xmas party.

It stars Debra Baker (Phoneshop) as boss Donna Saxon with Adam Brown (The Hobbit trilogy), John Pickard (2.4 Children, Hollyoaks), Sophie Ellerby (This Is England), Scott Hazell (Mudlarks) and Alice Franklin (Sadie J).

“I’m the boss. I pay your wages. I can do what I like.”

It’s Christmas 2011 in the City at the height of the financial crisis. A bad time for bankers; a worse time for the poor and vulnerable.

But the person who’s having the worst day of her life is small-time businesswoman Donna Saxon of Saxon Court Financial Recruitment-to-Recruitment Services.

Someone has stolen Donna’s phone and blocked the office toilet; her business partner has got cancer; her gold-plated golf clubs haven’t arrived; and her useless staff seem blissfully unaware that the company is about to go under.

In fact they’re more interested in starting the office party. One of them will have to be fired.

To make matters worse, Occupy protesters have started gathering outside the office door.

But as Donna starts swinging her axe inside, she discovers that she has more to fear from her mercenary brood of young employees than from anyone waiting on the street.

Following an acclaimed production of Responsible Other at Hampstead Theatre last year, Made By Brick return to Southwark Playhouse with a razor sharp satirical comedy to darken your Christmas.

* Note that the production contains graphic language and scenes of violence (as any good Christmas party should).

Saxon Court runs from November 19-December 13.

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