The Key Workers Cycle

Author(s): Francesca Beard, Sonali Bhattacharyya, Josh Elliott, Annie Jenkins, Eno Mfon, Nessah Muthy, Danusia Samal, Yomi Ṣode, and Molly Taylor

The Key Workers Cycle

If the Tube ground to a halt...
If the supermarket shelves emptied...
If your bins overflowed...
Would it feel like something, or someone, was missing?

A chorus of delivery drivers singing through the night, a support worker haunted by visions of the women who depend on her, a funeral director showing off his dab hand with a pair of clippers. In an echo of the Medieval Mystery Plays—which brought together communities of craftsmen and merchants to act out the stories of famous miracles—The Key Workers Cycle presents a cycle of nine short plays celebrating the humour, the hope and the stories of those who keep our daily lives running.

Performed by a company of professional actors, local community participants and key workers, The Key Workers Cycle places Islington’s community at its heart.


  • The Social Care Workers’ Play by Francesca Beard
  • The Teachers’ Play by Sonali Bhattacharyya
  • The Funeral Directors’ Play by Josh Elliott
  • The Delivery Drivers’ Play by Annie Jenkins
  • The Women’s Centre Workers’ Play by Eno Mfon
  • The Midwives’ Play by Nessah Muthy
  • The Refuse Collectors’ Play by Danusia Samal
  • The Supermarket Workers’ Play by Yomi Ṣode
  • The TFL Workers’ Play by Molly Taylor