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Harm

Harm

By Phoebe Eclair-Powell
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848429932, 48 pages, May 2021

Description

When an unhappy estate agent sells a house to Alice, a charismatic social media influencer, the two strike up an unlikely friendship. But as her obsession with Alice's seemingly perfect world intensifies, the lines between online and reality become dangerously blurred.

A thrilling, twisted and razor-sharp comedy on the corrosive effects of social media and isolation.

Reviews

"Phoebe Eclair-Powell's razor-sharp monologue about social media toxicity and trolling. .. Tense, heady and full of savage laughter, it is intoxicating from beginning to end. Eclair-Powell's script glints and her barbed wit stings. .. Harm might be small in scale but it is magnificent in effect. "

- Guardian

'"An arresting, soul-searching monologue. "

- The Times

"Eclair-Powell tells this terrifying tale with a beautiful blend of sharp observation and knowing humour. .. wonderfully original in its quirkiness. .. a smart and sassy study of loneliness and obsession. "

- Arts Desk

"This cracking new piece by rising talent Phoebe Eclair-Powell [is] just as effective at summoning entire worlds as any epic musical or drama. "

- Telegraph

"An edgy psychological drama. .. shines a light on aspects of what is becoming an increasingly virtual society, especially for those in their 20s and 30s, obsessed with image and success beyond the point of reason. "

- British Theatre Guide

"A devastatingly acute picture both of the loneliness of the narrator's existence – "Sometimes I don't brush my teeth before bed" – and of the glossiness of an online world where events such as cooking, or home decorating, aren't activities but opportunities to create content for an avid group of followers. "

- Whatsonstage