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The Acid Test

The Acid Test

Anya Reiss

Oberon Books


“The second play, they say, is the hardest. But Anya Reiss more than fulfils the promise she showed last year, as an 18-year-old, with Spur of the Moment… Like its predecessor, Reiss's play proves she knows a thing or two about the pervasive effect of parental discord on the young.” –The Guardian


“Like Reiss’ debut, The Acid Test is full of humor, acute observation and accurate perception. The dialogue is as powerful and sharp as a vodka cocktail, and the tensions between generations are excruciatingly convincing…entertaining and occasionally moving”The Stage


This has been the worst day of my life. So can you please get drunk with me?


Dana, Ruth and Jess down shots to console the heart-broken, to comfort the anxious and just pass the time. Kicked out from the family home Jess’s dad, Jim, invades the party with just as much recklessness as the girls. As the night passes and vodka bottles are emptied, Friday night in becomes high drama. An unruly new comedy asking if age equals maturity, Acid Test opened at the Royal Court in May 2011.


Anya Reiss wrote her first play when she was 14 and then became a member of the Royal Court Theatre's Young Writers' Programme. Last year she was invited to take part in the Royal Court's Supergroup of young writers. Her debut play, Spur of the Moment (written when she was 17) opened to fantastic acclaim at the Royal Court Theatre in July 2010, winning her the award for Most Promising Playwright at both the Evening Standard and Critics Circle awards. It also won the TMA Theatre Award for Best New Play in 2010. Her sophomore play The Acid Test was staged at the Royal Court in 2011 to a sell-out run and great reviews. Anya will also be contributing a piece to the Bush Theatre's 66 Books: A Contemporary Response to the King James Bible.

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