’It is really packing a punch’: seven methods of killing kylie jenner – Royal Court Theatre

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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-Jonesseven 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.

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Since 2003, Ian Foster has been writing reviews of plays, sometimes with a critical element, on his blog Ought to Be Clowns, which has been listed as one of the UK's Top Ten Theatre Blogs by Lastminute.com, Vuelio and Superbreak. He averages more than 350+ shows a year. He says: "Call me a reviewer, a critic or a blogger, and you will apparently put someone or other's nose out of joint! So take it or leave it, essentially this is my theatrical diary, recording everything I go to see at the theatre in London and beyond, and venturing a little into the worlds of music and film/TV where theatrical connections can be made."
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Since 2003, Ian Foster has been writing reviews of plays, sometimes with a critical element, on his blog Ought to Be Clowns, which has been listed as one of the UK's Top Ten Theatre Blogs by Lastminute.com, Vuelio and Superbreak. He averages more than 350+ shows a year. He says: "Call me a reviewer, a critic or a blogger, and you will apparently put someone or other's nose out of joint! So take it or leave it, essentially this is my theatrical diary, recording everything I go to see at the theatre in London and beyond, and venturing a little into the worlds of music and film/TV where theatrical connections can be made."

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