Have You Read the Instructions
We’ve all had horrific job interviews, and nightmare jobs, but I’d like to think that no one actually had to experience what Freya did in this show.
Keeping the audience guessing about what to expect, this show follows as Freya survives a job interview that should have had her running for the door, eventually getting the job with a boss (Lucille) that makes Miranda Priestly look like Mary Poppins.
Throughout the performance, Freya endures increasingly unreasonable demands from Lucille, whether it’s to seduce a client, lose weight or stay romantically and emotionally detached (as well as making sure not to sue the company in the event of her death).
Watching the torture go on made me wish for my last “job from hell”.
In defence of Lucille (not that there is much of a defence), we’ve also all dealt with a Freya.
Scatterbrained, unprofessional at times and well-meaning (but still hopeless), Freya struggles to cope with her new hectic job as well as her nightmare boss, although still manages to find something a little dodgy with the financials.
Touching on several current hot topics, this performance also portrays the different obstacles facing women in the workplace, such as sexual harassment (and rape culture), glass ceilings, and needing to appear as ‘one of the boys’.
You spend the show going back and forth on your impressions of Lucille and the lengths she will go to make it to the top.
If the show wasn’t already relatable enough, they also manage to squeeze in the difficult relationship between mother and daughter, as Freya deals with continual comments from her mum about her weight, her aversion of make-up and her inability to hold down a job.
A bundle of laughs, keeping you guessing until the end, and the portrayal of so many relatable themes, this show makes you feel like you’re not alone in all of life’s struggles.
And if none of that interests you, kind-hearted Freya tries to appeal to her boss with her grandmother’s homemade banana bread (and makes sure to share).