Cost of Living

  • Hampstead Theatre, London, 2019

John, a wealthy, brilliant, and successful PhD student with cerebral palsy, hires Jess, a recent graduate who has fallen on hard times, as his new carer.  Across town, truck driver Eddie attempts to support and re-engage with his estranged wife, Ani, following a terrible accident that has left her quadriplegic. As four very different lives collide and entwine, roles are unapologetically flipped, reversed and exposed – who is actually caring for whom?

Martyna Majok’s exquisitely original, honest and deftly funny new play explores our need to connect and be loved regardless of the gulfs that disability, race, class, and wealth place between us.

Ian William Galloway’s design expands and clarifies the three main settings in the play with the use of a simple, abstracted silhouette backgrounds to Michael Pavelka’s deconstructed yet detailed set.