Sarah Rutherford’s play The Girl Who Fell channels that adult concern, evoking the Snapchat-centric world of the teenager at the point where things go terribly wrong. Thea’s teenage daughter Sam has died, and social media has something to do with it. Bereaved yet determined, she sets out on a mission to get to the bottom of events, accompanied by teenage twins Lenny and Billie and lost soul Gil.
Sarah Rutherford is former writer in residence at Park Theatre, and her play Adult Supervision was a sell-out back in 2013. Here again, she grapples with the unspoken. One line from the play runs: ‘It seems wrong that she experienced something so huge without me. Like if your kids had sex before you did.’But this is a comedy too, and laughter signals that we have to make these problems approachable if we want to find a way to solve them.
The Girl Who Fell will star Claire Goose (Casualty, The Bill) in the role of Thea and Rosie Day (All Roads Lead to Rome, Watership Down) as Billie, along with Navin Chowdhry as Gil and Will Fletcher as Lenny. The close quarters of Trafalgar Studios' smaller performance space suit the challenging, intimate subject matter of this play.
Channelling Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, Rutherford’s new piece promises a highly contemporary perspective. In an age where online reality gradually filters over and supersedes our real lives, this is the kind of theatre we should be watching.
|What||The Girl Who Fell, Trafalgar Studios|
|Where||Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2DY | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Charing Cross (underground)|
15 Oct 19 – 23 Nov 19, 7:45 PM – 9:30 PM
|Price||£20 – £35|