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Original Death Rabbit

Original Death Rabbit

By Rose Heiney
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781848428294, 56 pages, January 2019


I was a thing, you see. I was a pretty bloody big bloody thing. I was briefly—very briefly—a meme. A craze. One of the first.


We all have our comfort blankets and coping mechanisms. And if yours happens to be wearing a full-sized rabbit onesie (with ears), what's the problem? You're not bothering anyone. At least, not until you're photographed at the back of a child's funeral. Dressed as a rabbit. And the photo goes viral.

Rose Heiney's Original Death Rabbit is a painfully funny play, shining a light on one woman's struggle with the dark side of the internet. Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4, the play received its stage premiere at Jermyn Street Theatre, London, in January 2019.


"Heiney's ability to mix humour and some of the darkest outpourings of a deeply troubled mind never wavers. .. an uncomfortable, hilarious, essential play for our times. " —The Reviews Hub

"Queasily exposes the mental trauma that comes with internet fame. .. a really good script from Heiney, it has so much to say, so many important observations. " —The Stage

"Rose Heiney's astounding monologue captures the best and the very worst of the Internet. .. deeply dark, exceedingly clever and incredibly funny. " —A Younger Theatre

"Heiney is a witty and perceptive writer and, line by line, this is a treat. " —Evening Standard

"An utter avalanche of beautiful and often profane language. .. incisive and very funny. " —BritishTheatre. com