The One

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DOI: 10.5040/9781784603267.00000002
Scenes: 10. Roles: Male (1) , Female (2) , Neutral (0)

Vicky Jones's play The One is a bleakly comic depiction of a couple trapped in a destructive cycle of love and lust, exploring taboos about gender roles and sexual violence. It was the winner of the 2013 Verity Bargate Award (an award for new writing for the theatre, given for an unproduced work) and was first performed at the Soho Theatre, London, on 26 February 2014.

The play's action is set over the course of a single night in a lounge belonging to 29-year-old Jo and her older, long-term partner Harry, Jo's former college teacher. In the opening scene, Jo and Harry are watching porn while having sex. Throughout their ensuing, bickering conversations, it becomes clear that the two of them are locked in a relationship based on desire, dependency and dirty games. Into this unstable mix walks Kerry, a colleague of Harry's, who thinks she might have been raped by her partner.

The Soho Theatre premiere was directed by Steve Marmion and designed by Anthony Lamble, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Jo, Rufus Wright as Harry and Lu Corfield as Kerry.

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Nick Hern Books

Vicky Jones

ISBN: 9781848423817

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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