Fin Kennedy’s first play, Protection, is a behind-the-scenes look at a team of social workers and their clients. It was first performed at Soho Theatre, London, on 3 July 2003.
The action of the play takes place amongst a Family Support Social Services Team in a British inner city. Angela breaks the rules to get things done, her way. Shirley misses the old days, when protection came without a price. Their manager, Gordon, is having an affair with Angela whilst claiming on expenses. And as for newcomer Grace, it’s a struggle simply not to annoy anyone.
In an author's note in the published script, Fin Kennedy writes 'Social commentary [on the level attempted in the play] appears to have become unfashionable amongst writers of my generation. This troubles me. It is as essential a part of a democracy as a free press. In the current climate of increased centralisation of power, it has become nothing short of urgent. It is also a genre at which theatre excels. I’d like to think it offers a social service of its own. I hope that this play goes some way towards reviving the tradition.'
The Soho Theatre premiere was directed by Abigail Morris and designed by Tom Piper. It was performed by Saira Todd, Joe Armstrong, Corinne Skinner Carter, Lucy Davenport, Matthew Delamere, Margot Leicester, Kellie Shirley and Martin Turner.