How serious is Internet addiction? Kimberley Nixon is about to find out. She starts performances tomorrow night (9 January 2019) in the stage premiere of Rose Heiney’s one-woman play Original Death Rabbit. See what she – and her pink rabbit onesie – have been getting up to in rehearsals. Time to get booking!
Originally produced as a radio drama by BBC Radio 4, Rose Heiney‘s Original Death Rabbit receives its stage premiere in a limited season, running from 9 January to 9 February 2019, with a press night on 11 January. It’s the first offering in Jermyn Street Theatre’s seven-month PORTRAIT season.
BAFTA Award-winning actress Kimberley Nixon, best known from TV’s Fresh Meat and Cranford, stars as a young woman who becomes an internet sensation, just as the rest of her life falls apart. She’s taken over from Hannah Arterton, who was originally cast but had to withdraw due to filming schedule changes.
We all have our comfort blankets and coping mechanisms. And if yours happens to be wearing a full-sized rabbit onesie (with ears), what’s the problem? You’re not bothering anyone. At least, not until you’re photographed at the back of a child’s funeral. Dressed as a rabbit. And the photo goes viral.
Original Death Rabbit is a tale of our time that shines a light on one woman’s struggle with the dark side of the internet. Rose Heiney’s incisive comedy, now rewritten for the stage, was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 as a 45-minute drama starring Harry Potter star Jessie Cave in December 2017.
The stage premiere is directed by Hannah Joss, with set and costume design by Louie Whitemore, lighting design by Adam King, and music and sound design by Alexandra Faye Braithwaite.
Original Death Rabbit runs from 9 January to 9 February 2019 at Jermyn Street Theatre, 16b Jermyn Street, London SW1Y 6ST, with performances Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with Saturday matinees at 3.30pm. Tickets are priced £10-£30. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!