Augusta, 16

At first, I was confused at the start of the play. Two men, a counsellor and a younger white man, were shouting at one another. It then went back into the past and started to play the series of events that led to that commotion. The beginning had drawn me in, I started to see that there was a character with anger issues who had done something wrong, something that led to him losing his freedom to the law. I think that the play had scenes and ideas that everyone of all ages, races and cultures could understand. A black woman, Cynthia, within a company who eventually gets a raise and is surprised by the treatment she gets from her ‘friends’ when the factory decides to cut their wages. Originally, she had the struggle of ‘blisters’ but now uses hand cream which she once couldn’t imagine using to take care of herself. She is no longer in dungarees and instead is in the luxury of an air-conditioned office, while her friend Tracey who has had ’50 years of labour’ within the factory has become replaceable. She no longer has job security and turned on one of her closest friends who she now sees as an enemy.  This showed me that money is the root of all evil because the need for cheaper production in the factory led to the destruction of people’s lives. I liked Sweat because it showed me the reality of the struggles of working-class people against a capitalism system which only values money.