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Credit

A new play by Laura Lindow. Based on ground-breaking research into Universal Credit – the latest and biggest change to the benefits system. 

In September 2020 we shared a rehearsed reading of the play online followed by some brilliant Q&A events with some of the most exciting thinkers on welfare reform.


Credit, a new play by award-winning writer Laura Lindow is based on stories and experiences of people living on Universal Credit. With many more people moving onto Universal Credit as a result of COVID-19, the issues highlighted are now more important than ever. 

Made alongside people who are claiming Universal Credit, support organisations and researchers ‘Credit’ is an honest picture of how people in the North East are dealing with the ongoing changes to the welfare system. 

‘Credit’ will make you think about whether we have a welfare safety net anymore and how all of us, our family members and fellow citizens are affected. We want you to be inspired to think about what the welfare state should look like for our communities. 


Laura Lindow – Writer

Brad McCormick – Director

Christina Dawson & Cooper McDonough – Performers

Anna Reid – Designer 

Roma Yagnik – Composer

Rachel Glover – Production & Stage Manager


Cap-a-Pie has made ‘Credit’ in collaboration with Newcastle University, Teesside University, Gateshead Council, Newcastle Council, Citizens Advice Gateshead, Your Voice Counts, Oasis Community Housing, Women’s Health in South Tyneside, Changing Lives and Larkspur House and Fuse. 

Credit is based on research commissioned by Gateshead Council in partnership with Fuse, the Centre for Translational Research in Public Health.

This show has been funded by Newcastle University via the Population and Health Sciences Institute, Institute for Social Science and Catherine Cookson Foundation; Using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England; and Gateshead Council.