Plays by Vicky Jones

The One

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Vicky Jones's play The One is a bleakly comic depiction of a couple trapped in a destructive cycle of love and lust, exploring taboos about gender roles and sexual violence. It was the winner of the 2013 Verity Bargate Award (an award for new writing for the theatre, given for an unproduced work) and was first performed at the Soho Theatre, London, on 26 February 2014.

The play's action is set over the course of a single night in a lounge belonging to 29-year-old Jo and her older, long-term partner Harry, Jo's former college teacher. In the opening scene, Jo and Harry are watching porn while having sex. Throughout their ensuing, bickering conversations, it becomes clear that the two of them are locked in a relationship based on desire, dependency and dirty games. Into this unstable mix walks Kerry, a colleague of Harry's, who thinks she might have been raped by her partner.

The Soho Theatre premiere was directed by Steve Marmion and designed by Anthony Lamble, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Jo, Rufus Wright as Harry and Lu Corfield as Kerry.

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Vicky is co-Founder and co-Artistic Director of DryWrite, Associate Company at Soho Theatre.With DryWrite, she has commissioned and directed many short plays from some of the country’s leading new-writing talent. The company have performed shows at theatres including Hampstead Theatre, York Theatre Royal, Liverpool Everyman, Trafalgar Studios and The Roundhouse, where DryWrite originally commissioned and directed Simon Stephens’s monologue T5. She directed Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hit solo show, Fleabag for the Edinburgh Festival 2013 and a subsequent run at the Soho Theatre. She also directed premiere productions of Jack Thorne’s Mydidae at Soho and then Trafalgar Studios, and James Graham’s The Tour Guide, a hit of the 2011 Edinburgh Festival. She has assisted at the National, the Royal Court, in theWest End and off-Broadway. Vicky trained as a director on the Royal Court/Channel 4 Young Directors Scheme, the Gate Theatre Trainee Directors Scheme and the National Theatre Studio Directors course. Her first play The One won the Verity Bargate Award for Best New Play