Left My Desk

Becca leaves the office at 8.56am. Uniform is waiting. They speed across the city, blues and twos blaring, on the trail of a missing woman. 

This is like a police drama! 

Except Becca is a social worker, and they never put social workers in police dramas.

Budgets across councils are at breaking point, making a difficult job increasingly impossible. Demand is high, wages are low, and burnout is common. Based on research, interviews and testimonial, Left My Desk is a play about social care in England today, exploring the crisis unfolding throughout our system. 

Left My Desk is directed by internationally acclaimed director Lucy Wray (Almeida Resident Director 2018), written by Olivia Hirst (HighTide First Commissions) and produced by award-winning theatre company Lost Watch (Best Ensemble Offie Nominated, NSDF Emerging Artist Award).

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​This production is supported by The New Diorama Theatre Emerging Companies Fund. 


Jennifer Daley
Rianna Dearden
Rachel Hosker
Adam Langstaff
Jamie Samuel

Director: Lucy Wray
Writer: Olivia Hirst
Producer: Rianna Dearden
Movement: Richard Delaney, Tom Ross Williams 
Stage Manager: Elísa Sif Hermannsdóttir
Sound Designer: Fergus Waldron
Lighting Designer: Hector Murray


Lost Watch formed in 2013 by Rianna Dearden, Olivia Hirst and Agnes Wild and have created 4 award-winning shows based on honest and gripping stories with no set rules of style or content.

Left My Desk is their newest production. Their previous shows Play for September, KATE, Goodstock and Flew The Coop have all gained critical acclaim and have toured nationally and internationally.

Twice WINNERS of the NSDF Emerging Artist Award
BEST ENSEMBLE Offie Nominated 2017
Lost Watch are a New Diorama Theatre Associate Ensemble. 

@LostwatchTC / www.lostwatchtheatre.co.uk


★★★★ "A testament to the power of storytelling" The Stage on Flew The Coop

★★★★★ "this is engaging, this is moving, this is sad, and this is very, very funny" LondonTheatre1 on Flew The Coop

"Goodness, it's the kind of work I come to the fringe to see" Lyn Gardner