NEWS: Kelly Gough to Star in Harm at the Bush Theatre

The production is set to play at the theatre from the 17th May until the 26th June.

The Bush Theatre has announced that Kelly Gough will star in the new monologue by Bruntwood Prize award-winning playwright Phoebe Eclair-Powell.

Directed by Atri Banerjee (who won The Stage Debut Award for Best Director in 2019 for his production of Hobson’s Choice at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester), this is a new twisted comedy that explores the corrosive effect of social media and isolation.

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 perfect world intensifies, the lines between online and reality become dangerously blurred. 

A filmed version of Harm was broadcast on BBC 4 on the 13th April as part of of BBC Arts Lights Up season, which partners with theatres across the country to produce plays for audiences at home as part of the BBC Arts Culture in Quarantine initiative. The role was played by Leanne Best in the BBC version.

Kelly Gough’s theatre credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire (English Touring Theatre), Don Carlos (ARA), Macbeth (Second Age), All In The Timing (Iris Theatre), Big Love (Abbey Theatre), Falling Out of Love (Yew Tree Theatre), Macbecks (Long Road Productions), Pilgrims of the Night (Rough Magic), Playboy of the Western World (Druid Theatre), Phaedra, Vinegar Tom, Terrorism, Three Sisters, Twelfth Night and Yeats Trilogy (Samuel Beckett Theatre).

Phoebe Eclair-Powell’s recent play SHED: EXPLODED VIEW won the prestigious Bruntwood Award for 2019. Her other plays include: WINK (four Off West End Nominations including ‘Most Promising New Playwright’), Fury (runner up for the Verity Bargate Award 2015, winner of the Soho Young Writers Award, Offie nomination for ‘Best New Play’), TORCH with Jess Edwards (Underbelly, New Diorama), Epic Love and Pop Songs (Pleasance Theatre), The Picture of Dorian Gray  (Watermill Theatre) and These Bridges (National Theatre Connections Festival).

Harm will play at the Bush Theatre from the 17th May until the 26th June.

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