Royal Court Theatre, London – until 27 July 2021
After a successful run in the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs which garnered Alfred Fagon, Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Most Promising Playwright Awards, Jasmine Lee-Jones’ seven methods of killing kylie jenner transfers downstairs at the Royal Court in striking form.
Provoked by a tweet from Forbes declaring Kylie Jenner to be a ‘self-made’ billionaire, Cleo unleashes a tirade via an anonymous Twitter account. As she goes increasingly viral, her pal Kara tries to talk her down off the ledge but it is clear that Cleo is only just getting started.
The play does a remarkable job in theatricalising not only internet culture but the wholesale linguistic shift that the rise social media has brought about. Split between a vivid depiction of online interactions and IRL chat, it is clear Lee-Jones and director Milli Bhatia know of what they speak.
And thematically, it is really packing a punch. Cultural appropriation, colourism, queer identities, nothing is out of bounds and Tia Bannon and Leanne Henlon get properly stuck in to this highly original work. Designer Rajha Shakiry and Elena Peña with an arresting soundscape match them for innovation.