Hakim, 16

While at the play, I got a better understanding of the working class and how the social status of people can be affected by the state of the economy. The part of the play that I most enjoyed was when Tracey and Jessie were shouting at Cynthia after they found out that their wages would be cut by 60% by the senior management. This contradicted Tracey’s birthday scene where they were happy and excited. It shows how the economy can also affect the way people act towards each other and their emotions. My favourite character was Cynthia because I felt that I could relate to her more; as a business student I have studied the economic aspects of business but have never really seen the social consequences – this is why Sweat was so interesting. The dramatic change in role, highlighted by her smart uniform and creaming her arms, showed the importance of money as a way for working-class people to improve their living standards. The breaking up of friendships caused by the factory’s hierarchy even affected the setting of the bar – a place where characters previously celebrated and relaxed soon became the site of the savage beating of Oscar, leading to the destruction of the bar itself and the disabling of Stan. This division gave me a better view of how people with power and strength influence their workers. In most societies, this is usually due to the power of capitalism, which most people believe is important and key for a functioning economy. However, I believe that Sweat was an insightful play that challenged this idea and showed the social impact capitalism can have on ordinary people.