Nominated for Best Director in 2016 OffWestEnd Awards.

The London premiere of Alexandra Wood’s thriller about a mother and a daughter who follow very different paths.

Spain, 2013. Against all odds, young graduate Sofia has got a job as PA to one of the wealthiest bankers in the country. Sofia’s mother questions whether she gave more than just a good interview to get it…

In these times of financial chaos, the bankers are getting filthy rich whilst others are left unable to support their families. A storm is brewing, people are desperate – just what will they be driven to? Suicide? Murder?

In a subtle game of cat and mouse, split loyalties and questionable morals, Alexandra Wood’s thrilling new play looks at the complexities of a mother daughter relationship and, in the growing argument between rich and poor, the girl who is stuck in between.

First seen at the Theatre Royal Plymouth where it opened on 29 January 2015, Merit now receives its London premiere.

Playwright Alexandra Wood’s previous plays include The Human Ear (Paines Plough and UK tour), Man to Man (Wales Millennium Centre), Ages (Old Vic New Voices), The Initiate (Paines Plough – winner of a Scotsman Fringe First), The Empty Quarter (Hampstead Theatre), The Centre (Islington Community Theatre), an adaptation of Jung Chang’s Wild Swans (The Young Vic and American Repertory Theater), The Lion’s Mouth (Rough Cuts at the Royal Court Theatre), The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court Theatre) and the radio play Twelve Years (BBC Radio 4). She has written short plays for the Royal Court Theatre, the Oxford School of Drama, Rose Bruford College, Dry Write, Nabokov, Curious Directive and she contributed to Decade (Headlong).  She is a past winner of the George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright and was the Big Room Playwright-in-Residence at Paines Plough in 2013. She was formerly Literary Manager at the Finborough Theatre.


Creative Team

Designer – Philip Lindley

Lighting Designer – Rob Mills

Sound Designer and Composer – Max Pappenheim


Karen Ascoe, Ellie Turner