Phoebe Eclair-Powell's WINK is a play about personal identity and how it is shaped in an age of ubiquitous technology and social media. It was first performed at Theatre503, London, on 10 March 2015 in a co-production with Tara Finney Productions.
The play takes the form of two interlinking monologues belonging to John, a twenty-seven-year-old French teacher, and Mark, the sixteen-year-old pupil who idolises him. Mark is emotionally disconnected from his grieving family after the sudden death of his father, and remains an outsider at his private school where he’s on a sports scholarship. He wants to be just like his attractive, charismatic French teacher. Yet in reality John is an arrogant, insecure liar who despises his pupils, is cheating on his long-term girlfriend Claire and fears that she may be two-timing him. When Mark takes advantage of Claire’s unlocked Facebook profile and she accepts him as a friend, his and John’s lives collide with explosive results.
The Theatre503 premiere was directed by Jamie Jackson and designed by Bethany Wells, with Leon Williams as John and Sam Clemmett as Mark.