A sharply funny drama about everything but exercise...

I’m standing here. Wishing I hadn’t come. Staring at my phone, pretending to text, feeling the others watching me. And then the teacher, this perfect, pretty, smiley woman with no problems, says how good it is for my mental health if I start jumping about like a dickhead. Yeah right. 

Yet something makes them stay. Something about a shared experience, something about desperation, something about being in a too-big too-bright room in the community centre… And then the music starts.

Work It Out follows a community based fitness class where a rag tag band of participants, all with their own issues, swallow their fear and step out of their comfort zones. Together, they work out their problems with music, exercise and gallows humour. But amidst the sweat and camaraderie there is a simmering mix of fragile egos and impulsive behaviour that threatens to boil over at any moment.

This compelling comedy drama by award-winning writer-performer Eve Steele weaves a bittersweet tale of triumph, friendship, and conquering inner demons.

Download the Work It Out programme here.

Additional Information

Work It Out addresses themes of addiction, suicide, sexual abuse and mental health themes.

If you would like more context or information about how this is shown, please email access@homemcr.org


If you have been affected by the themes in Work It Out, the following organisations might be able to offer you support:

UK Narcotics Anonymous: ukna.org/

0300 999 1212

Alcoholics Anonymous: alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/

0800 9177 650

Overeaters Anonymous: oagb.org.uk/

Papyrus: papyrus-uk.org/

0800 068 4141

Manchester Self Harm Project: sites.manchester.ac.uk/mash-project/


"Affecting, amusing drama with political bite"

The Guardian

“Work It Out is filled with hilarity, heartache and hope. A brilliant must-see play!”

Manchester Theaters

“Filled with bags of humour and warmth”

British Theatre Guide

“Emotional, beautiful and intuitive”

I Love Manchester

What did audiences think of Work It Out

Production Images

In Conversation with Eve Steele & Sarah Frankcom.

Rehearsal Images

Age Guidance: 14+

Duration: Approx. 2hrs + 20 minute interval.

Accessible Performances

British Sign Language Interpreted Performance: Thu 7 Mar 19:30, Sat 9 Mar 19:30, Sat 16 Mar 14:00

Touch Tour: Wed 13 Mar 18:30

Audio Described Performance: Wed 13 Mar 19:30

Captioned Performance: Sat 9 Mar 14:00, Thu 14 Mar 19:30

Find out more about Access at HOME here and if you have any questions contact access@homemcr.org