Originally due to open in March 2020, Francesca Martinez’s play, directed by Ian Rickson, finally gets to take up space at the National Theatre. Martinez, who was born with cerebral palsy, is best known for her stand-up work and has been a trail blazer. This play focuses on Jess (played by Martinez), a woman who has fought hard to make the life she wants for herself. When she finds it is threatened decides to fight back. Rewritten to embrace the impact of Covid on disabled people, the play reminds of the impact of austerity on daily lives and the ease with which we accept that as normal.
From Francesca Martinez, the award-winning author, comedian and actor, comes an unmissable new play directed by Ian Rickson (Paradise, Translations). Jess has a great life: a job she loves, a sharp sense of humour and a close group of friends. When austerity threaten the world she has worked hard to build, Jess makes a stand to protect those she holds most dear. Capturing the humour, sadness and joy of everyday life, All of Us is a passionate and timely look at the human cost of abandoning those who struggle to fit in.