A bittersweet and vital play that throws a spotlight on ‘Generation Rent’ and the lengths they will go to in order to get that first step on the property ladder.
Rachel and Ben want to buy a flat in London. And so do their friends, Melanie and Sam. But what with rent, tax, student loans, pensions and bills, it’s impossible to save for a deposit.
So the foursome comes up with a fast-track solution to the problem: live together. Sneakily split the rent and bills on a tiny one-bedroom flat for a year. But with paper-thin walls and space growing sparser by the day, which will they sacrifice first—the friendship, the relationship or the dream of buying their own property?
Matt Hartley's Deposit premiered at Hampstead Theatre Downstairs in March 2015.
Matt Hartley grew up in the Peak District and studied drama at the University of Hull. His first play Sixty Five Miles won a Bruntwood Award in the inaugural Bruntwood Competition and was produced by Paines Plough/Hull Truck. Other work for theatre includes: Microcosm (Soho Theatre); Horizon (National Theatre Connections); The Bee (Edinburgh Festival); Punch (Hampstead/Heat and Light Company); Epic, Trolls, Life for Beginners (Theatre503). Radio credits include: The Pursuit (Radio 4). Television credits include: Hollyoaks. Matt is a recipient of a T.S. Eliot commission from the Old Vic Theatre.