Bruised Sky Productions present the Martin Murphy’s powerful solo show in its London premiere following a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year. Developed through interviews with social workers and research into real-life cases, Villain places a spotlight on the growing pressures on social care agencies with the growth of child poverty, and how social media allows the general public to be judge and jury through the safety of a screen.
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Rachel is a woman who just wants to make a difference. Tired of her highly paid sales job, she makes a move into social work. Visiting Marcia, she seems like a good person whose naivety has led to an unfortunate series of relationships and children – but you’d never guess anything was the matter. Not until it’s too late, and Rachel finds herself at the centre of a controversial case with a catastrophic conclusion. Trapped in the media’s unforgiving gaze, she is hounded across social media with vitriol and blame – but is Rachel really the villain of the piece?