RAINER returns to the Arcola Theatre’s Outside Space this June for a limited three-week run. The play was a finalist for Samuel French’s Off-Broadway Award, longlisted for Theatre Uncut’s Political Playwriting Award and winner of the Prix Royal competition in Paris.
A one-woman show, RAINER is a celebration of a city and the people within it, seen and unseen. Writing from his own first-hand experiences in service and delivery jobs, Max Wilkinson wrote RAINER during lockdown in 2020 when the streets were apocalyptically quiet.
“Some guys listen to music, some guys like to sing. I like to work people out.”
Rainer is a solitary bicycle delivery rider, whizzing across London, delivering food to whoever will summon her. From luxury flats to leafy suburbs, she loves to create stories in her head, re-imagining the city as one of her favourite sci-fi films or Scorsese’s Taxi Driver. She loves her life, until her one-time lover disappears, and reality starts to slip.
Age Recommendation: 14+
Soaking up the city: Miriam Sallon reviews Max Wilkinson’s play about a female delivery driver who cycles away from her problems
Returns with vengeance
Smart and original writing
Sorcha Kennedy gives an astonishing performance
Portrayed powerfully by Sorcha Kennedy