“A brilliant, tightly crafted piece of writing, full of belly-laughs but with an undercurrent that chills”.
The Oppression Olympics is a tragicomedy that taps into the millennial obsession with self-pity and sentimentality, particularly in light of a sweeping rise in identity-based political movements on both sides of the Atlantic in recent years.
The play follows Hayley, Alex and Milo, three people who think they have it tough, until they meet Ruth, a woman who unquestionably has it worse. The fallout of their encounters with Ruth play out over the play’s 90 minutes, by means of a tight, intricate plot that thunders towards the climactic, titular ‘Oppression Olympics’; a bitter argument over whose life is the worst.
‘a brilliant, tightly crafted piece of writing, full of belly-laughs but with an undercurrent that chills – it’s not so much an irreverent and satirical look at self-pity as a full-on derision of that state.’
“a charming comedy-drama”
“a well-executed exploration of many different kinds of pain”