Page extent: 88
ISBN: 9781783198603
Binding: PaperBack

The Wasp

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm

PaperBack (29 Jan 2015)

A twisting two-hander, a psychological thriller from the acclaimed author of Belongings

Heather and Carla haven’t seen each other since school. Their lives have taken very different paths – Carla lives a hand-to-mouth existence while Heather has a high-flying career, husband and a beautiful home. And yet, here they are in a café having tea and making awkward conversation. That is until Heather presents Carla with a bag containing a significant amount of cash and an unexpected proposition…

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s electric new thriller asks how far beyond the playground we carry our childhood experiences and to what lengths some people are willing to go to in order to come to terms with them.

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ISBN13 9781783198603
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 88


'As theatrical gestures go, it's fantastic. Women don't often get stories like this... The Wasp is a twisty old thing: a petite thriller with one rug pull after another. Each time, you think you've got the measure of it, Lloyd-Malcolm gazumps your best guess. Her drip-drip of information is beautifully controlled... Yet, all the twists do have a point: they represent the wheel's turning, so that violence breeds violence and women get back at women... Each twist changes the play too: Lloyd-Malcolm can have her cake and eat it.' Matt Trueman, What's On Stage

'Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s two-hander – a transfer from Hampstead's Downstairs space – is sprung like a bear trap, a play with very sharp teeth... Just when you feel you have sense of the characters and what they want from one another, the writing shifts. It’s a weapon of a play in this respect: the rules keep changing as rug pull follows rug pull. Lloyd Malcolm really knows how to press an audience’s buttons and the sense of tension, of jeopardy, is palpable.' The Stage

'The plot twists are intriguing, the denouement unpredictable, the plotting skilful. The writing creates two convincing women formed by their backgrounds and experiences; it is a commentary on class as well as a mystery. It is about bullying, violence, and fidelity in marriage.' British Theatre Guide

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