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By Matt Hartley
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848426788, 104 pages, May 2017


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 and bills, it’s impossible to save for a deposit.

So the foursome come 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 2015, and was revived there (in this revised and updated version) in 2017.


"Compelling, urgent. .. It's remarkable how much Hartley has packed into a lightning-quick 90 minutes. His play is a test tube, delectably colliding the personal and the political, then chucking in glances at class privilege, a sprinkling of sitcom laughs and a hefty emotional clout, too. .. A modest, state-of-the-nation mini-masterpiece. " —The Stage

"Matt Hartley’s play laces comedy with some tough philosophising. .. an unexpectedly moving account of how property is theft in more ways than one. " —Guardian

"A quiet corker… as a snapshot of a moment in time, the play truly matters. " —The Arts Desk