Handle It is a feminist one woman play which was both written and performed by Laura Jackson. The play addresses critical and topical themes and concerns of social media, online privacy, victim blaming and sexual assault, and is made up of seven characters, six of whom have an eight to ten minute monologue.
Handle It tells the story of Kelsey Armitage who has compromising pictures put up on Facebook without her permission, which go viral and end up on a pornography site: spiralling out of control. While Kelsey is the protagonist, she is essentially absent throughout the play, and the story is told in these monologues by those who surround around her, the guy who put the pictures up, her sister, a “pro-internet sexologist”, a police officer, a lawyer and finally her step sister. The monologues are interspersed with digital media projections, which demonstrate the “once it’s out there, it’s gone forever”, out-of-your-control nature of material online.
While the play is intended as a one woman show, there is also potential for each of the characters to be played by a different actor, to be a cast of 6 women and 1 man, or 7 women, as well as potential for the use of the six monologues as stand alone pieces.
- Dramatic, Comedic, Monologues, Feminist
- 60 minutes
- 1 female, 0 male
- One woman show, but could be done with up to 7 roles
- 16 to 18, 18+
- young adult, adult
- Australian Script Centre