The One


ISBN: 9781848423817
Author: By Vicky Jones
Publication Date: 20/02/2014
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 96pp.
Availability: Available


‘Surprise me. Wipe the smile off my face.’

Harry and Jo are up all night drawing the battle lines of a relationship based on desire, dependency and dirty games.

Vicky Jones’s viciously funny play The One invites you into the world of a couple trapped in a destructive cycle of love and lust.

Winner of the 2013 Verity Bargate Award, The One premiered at Soho Theatre, London, in February 2014, and was revived at the theatre in July 2018.

‘Packs one hell of a provocative punch. It’s also a tremendously accomplished fusion of writing, performance and stagecraft, that entertains as much as it shocks… Jones proves a master at creating multi-layered characters… in its forensic, unflinching examination of the casual cruelty couples inflict on each other, the piece often resembles Patrick Marber’s Closer, and displays a similar mordant, intelligent wit’

‘Achingly funny… witty, brave and galling writing… a harshly realistic, intelligent discussion of the complexities of love’
Time Out

‘The real thing: sexy, savage and as lively as a cat on a hot tin roof… this is new writing as it should be’
The Stage

‘Truly astounding… frank, edgy dialogue and biting wit… hypnotic to watch’

‘Incredibly, lawlessly funny… deeply and seriously engaged with femininity and feminism in the contemporary world… in its willingness to say the unsayable it brings theatre one step closer to life…. makes an awful lot of other plays look pallid, mealy-mouthed and, frankly, just a bit boring’
Exeunt Magazine

‘A finely wrought study of toxic relationships… spiky and unsettling’
Evening Standard

‘Searingly accurate… fierce, funny and well-observed… a short, sharp glimpse into the addictive grip of toxic relationships’

Winner of the Verity Bargate Award

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