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"A workplace comedy for the underemployed"

Audrey Review: Those in the arts industry might find this agile comedy about a hapless jobseeker cuts a little close to the bone.

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JobReady

Date: 14 Aug 2019

A workplace comedy for the underemployed, Caitlin Doyle-Markwick’s play centres on Matte (Matte Rochford), a recovering café waiter and musician struggling to get a foot in the door of full-time work.

So he fronts up to JobReady. Specialising in finding the right person for the right job, it promises to get Matte off welfare and into work.

All Matte has to do is attend 15-20 interviews a week in order to ensure that his payments aren’t cut. Any tardiness is punishable with fines and enthusiasm is a must – even when attending interviews for jobs that don’t exist and training sessions of no use whatsoever.

The script is vignette-based and very funny, with Doyle-Markwick, Sarah Easterman and Sabrina D’Angelo playing multiple roles.

D’Angelo is a hilariously elastic performer. Her playing of the deeply uncomfortable presenter of a confidence-building video is a highlight. Easterman shines as then iridescently sunny JobReady client interface. Doyle-Markwick excels as “creative Clive”, the sporty dude running a group-based physical workout to decide who gets to work in a bookshop.

Punctuated by quick wig and costume changes, and with choreographed movements (Martin Del Amo is Movement Consultant) set to synthetically uplifting sounds of call centre hold music, JobReady is a very modestly produced hour of theatre but its agility and wit make for excellent entertainment. Those in the arts industry might find it cuts a little close to the bone, however.

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