Hagan interviewed 80 people living on disability benefits and plays excerpts of those chats interwoven with poetry, comedy, puppetry and storytelling drawing on her own visceral experience growing up in Skelmersdale on a council estate, psychiatric hospitals, PIP forms and signing on. Sensitive and witty.
An Unlimited Main Commission, also support by Arts Council, Andrew Hodson, Bluesci Trafford and Full Circle.
“She succinctly, and quirkily, conjures up concrete images of people, places and situations:…Her voice is honest, uncompromising, tough and tender – and funny – and rails against the vilification of the working class and the disabled” - Sabotage Reviews
"Fiercely unashamed, fiercely defiant and fiercely loving all at once." - London Theatre 1
"Politically Urgent" - The Stage
A perfect antidote to programmes like Benefits Street" - Disability Arts Online
"Passionate, provocative and affecting" - Disability Today
"Sometimes playful, often heart breaking... hooks you in and makes you feel" - A Younger Theatre
“Fierce use of humour teamed with passionate insight about working class life" - The Mancunion
“Startling, original and acid poems about class, poverty and the state of society. Hagan is a unique talent who has the makings of a hugely provocative big-stage performer… a genius in the making” - Write Out Loud