Page extent: 112
ISBN: 9781786822710
Binding: PaperBack

Dust & A First World Problem

Milly Thomas

PaperBack (03 Aug 2017)

Dust: Life, Alice thinks, isn't worth living. So, Alice kills herself. Sort of. Forced to watch the aftermath of her suicide and its ripple effect on her family and friends, Alice quickly learns that death changes people. And that death isn't the change she hoped for.

A First World Problem: Set in one of Britain's most privileged schools, three teenage girls are in possession of an envelope whose contents will determine the rest of their lives. But one of them is not the sort of young woman the school is supposed to produce. There is porn on her laptop and pills in her book bag, and she is prepared to do anything to get where she wants.

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ISBN13 9781786822710
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 112


'It uses a woman's suicide – and subsequent paranormal observation of the aftermath – to explore clinical depression and the toll death takes on families, friends and individuals... Spilling quickfire, speed-of-thought bursts of dialogue that flit between the prosaically conversational and the blisteringly intense... A slick, stylishly staged examination of clinical depression and suicide.' The Stage

'With a powerful combination of spine-chilling performance and unflinching writing, Milly Thomas traps audiences in the disturbed mind of Alice, who has returned from the dead to witness the aftershock of her suicide. As both actor and writer, Thomas creates an immense exploration of mental illness that fiercely surpasses all boundaries. Though difficult to watch, Dust is simply electrifying.' Broadway Baby ★★★★★

'Milly Thomas might just be the next Phoebe Waller-Bridge, which is intended as a compliment to both ladies. She writes in the same sassy, sexy style about life for young women today and shows a similar assurance on stage... marks Milly Thomas out as one to watch.' British Theatre Guide ★★★★★

'This is a brave, honest look at the ways suicide affects those left behind.' Three Weeks ★★★★★

'Moving at a gallop, the tone of Sara Joyce’s production moves crisply around the emotional dial, and there’s plenty of laughs in the darkness – like the bit where Alice observes her best friend Ellie having a cry-wank. Her final, horrible description of her own suicide is almost unbearable to listen to – I had to look away, even though it’s just Thomas lying down describing it on the mortuary table set set. But the bleakness is balanced by the laughs –it is a painful show about depression and a comedy about a lairy misfit, and the two don’t particularly get in the way of each other. Much of that is down to Thomas’s performance: she’s able to turn on a penny from false cheer to blank stares to the dry, matey tones of her dead incarnation. I can see some might find it a discomfitingly eccentric way to deal with the subject, but for all the laughs, I found this ghost story haunting.' Time Out ★★★★


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