Preview: A First World Problem @ Theatre 503, Battersea

By Rachel Jenkins

“We’re rich, white, westerners, and we’re girls, of course we’re fucking miserable. The standards are just too high for us to be anything else.”

Theatre 503s new play based in an elite boarding school for girls sees the successful Oxbridge candidates about to be revealed.

It seems that Hebe is dead cert for it, but she’s smart, sassy and has been working hard – however she is not the sort of young lady her school is supposed to produce.

Hebe abuses herself, bullies her friends and seduces her teacher, as well as keeping a tuck box full of paracetemol, diet pills and porn.

‘A First World Problem’ is savagely funny and excruciatingly honest andis a shocking insight into the casual cruelty of female adolescence.

Playwright Milly Thomas trained as an actress at L’École Cours Simon in Paris and also on the three year BA acting course at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

As a writer, she has worked as a translator for the Die Brotfabrik Theatre in Berlin, and her first full- length play, Rabenmutter, was shortlisted for Masterclass: Pitch Your Play at The Theatre Royal Haymarket in 2013.

The production is put on by the Fools and Kings Theatre Company and is directed by Holly Race Roughan and designed by Frankie Bradshaw.

The show runs from Tuesday 1 July – Saturday 12 July at Theatre 503.

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