The secretaries in Memorandum are a great example of very differing work ethics. The secretary to the Translation Centre works hard, follows orders (for the most part) and is clearly a great employee – though this doesn’t necessarily serve her well. The secretary to the Managing Director, however, is vain, lazy and seems to do the bare minimum to keep his job. Clearly, these polar opposites, are caricatures in many ways, though Havel’s clever writing does give them each a journey through the play and more depth than my surface analysis would suggest, and both of them have features that many of us will recognise from our own working lives…
And now, I’d better get on with my job.
As a cast member said on Facebook this week:
If you only find time to do one thing next week – VOTE!
If you find time to do two things – VOTE and see Memorandum. Wednesday 6, Friday 8 and Saturday 9 May (see – not May 7 – you can definitely do both!). Lancaster library, 7.30pm. Tickets available from Lancaster library, by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org – or just buy on the door.
Really hope to see you there!