By Alexandra Wood

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ISBN: 9781848425576
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 3rd March 2016
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: Theatre Royal Plymouth, 2015

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Spain, 2013. Against all odds, young graduate Sofia has got a job as PA to one of the wealthiest bankers in the country. But her mother has her doubts – did Sofia give more than a good interview to get it?

In a subtle game of cat and mouse, split loyalties and questionable morals, Alexandra Wood's thrilling two-hander looks at the complexities of a mother–daughter relationship, the growing argument between rich and poor, and a young woman stuck in between.

Merit was performed at the Theatre Royal Plymouth in 2015, and received its London premiere at the Finborough Theatre in 2016.

'a gripping drama... the moral questions raised deliver a punch in the age of austerity'

- Guardian

'explores broader ideas such as our responsibilities towards others when money is short... there is a sharp, sardonic wit in the cut and thrust between the two characters'


'engaging and entertaining'

- Exeunt Magazine

Alexandra Wood’s previous plays include an adaptation of Jung Chang’s Wild Swans (Young Vic/American Repertory Theater); The Initiate (Paines Plough); The Empty Quarter (Hampstead Theatre) and The Eleventh Capital (Royal Court).

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