Devised by Zoë Chapman

Thursday 15th March and Saturday 17th March 2007

Directed by Zoë Chapman

The first round of the All England Theatre Festival (Western Area, Southern Division) is usually held at the Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Totton. Bench Theatre first entered the festival competition in 2006 and has been a regular contributor ever since.

DeviserZoë Chapman

Zoë Chapman

Zoë Chapman has been a member of Bench Theatre for many years, having been introduced to the company by her parents; long-standing members, Peter and Ingrid Corrigan. She has appeared on-stage in many roles with the company; her first on-stage role with Bench Theatre being Ela Delahay in the 2000 production of Charley's Aunt. Now a highly experienced and invaluable Stage Manager, Producer and Technician for Bench Theatre, her first credited Bench Theatre back-stage role was as Asssitant Stage Manager for Man of La Mancha in 1995. She had her directorial debut with Bench Theatre in November 2002 with Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet' shortly after her wedding to husband Nathan, (another Bench stalwart) and has been active on the committee for some years. 'Working' is her first devised play for the company which was itself first produced to high audience and critical acclaim in 2003. Zoë currently works at Portsmouth University in administration and lives in Havant with her husband Nathan and daughter Elowyn.


The office, familiar to many of us in our daily lives, is given a physical theatre makeover in this comedy. A devised piece created through collaboration between director and performers: expect fun with photocopiers and illicit e-mails aplenty, much to the chagrin of the office cleaner.

The Bench Competition Entry

Working poster image

This one-act play was staged at the Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton as part of the first round of the All England Theatre Festival 2007 competition, it was recalled for the Saturday evening performance due to the high quality of the piece. It was first performed in 2003 at Havant Arts Centre as part of Bench Theatre's festival of new writing, Supernova2.


AJo Bone
BAlice Corrigan
CZoë Chapman


Director Zoë Chapman
Stage Managers Jaspar Utley
John Wilcox

Deviser's Notes

When I first considered being involved with Supernova I wasn't confident in my writing skills. I had an idea and I knew how I wanted it to look but I wasn't sure how to give the characters a voice. So I decided not to give them a voice and instead this devised piece will be told through the physicality of the cast and music. The inspiration for 'Working' has come from my own experiences and day-dreams that I have had since working in the Arts Centre plus through the rehearsal process the cast have added their own touches.

Zoë Chapman

Production Photographs