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
  • 1 total
  • 1 female identifying
  • women
  • 16 to 18, 18+
  • young adult, adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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Jasmine Roberts

Female | 30s | 5 to 10 minutes
Starts on page 14

EXTRACT: The internet is pulsing with energy and life, it’s vast and exciting and growing all the time, and the pornography industry is a billion dollar industry, of course it’s going to be on the internet. I mean, if you don’t like it, don’t watch it you know! But do you really have to ruin it for the rest of us? (Beat.) No alright, that’s a fair point. Yes there are, I guess you can call them “risks” that come with being on the internet, but you just have to be smart you know. Think before you post things.

Adult language, Adult themes

James Davis

Male | 20s | 5 to 10 minutes
Starts on page 2

EXTRACT: (Can be played by male or female) When it first started to hit me, I was standing at the bar, and Kelsey wanted vodka orange or something, and so I’m ordering it, and I started to fully trip- I thought… I thought I was the orange juice. And I’m skitzin’ man: cause the bartender was gonna drink me. Fuckin- I put my hand on my head, to fuckin- I dunno, keep my lid on something, but when I touched my head, I didn’t have a lid man. I didn’t have a fuckin’ lid. I’m a bottle of orange juice without my fuckin’ lid! And so I’m skitzin’ right, that I’m going to… spill! Right? So I start trying to like walk ‘round real slow so I don’t spill.

Adult language, Adult themes

Alexa Armitage

Female | 20s | 5 to 10 minutes
Starts on page 9

EXTRACT: Do you know Harry Jones has a collection of photos of all the girls he sleeps with? He sets up a camera and snaps photos of them when they aren’t looking. And what about Mitch McMamm? I thought you of all people would know what he’s like after I told you what he did to me at the gym! Rachel told me they all sit around together and get stones and watch hectic porn. Like really awful, hardcore stuff. Stuff where the guys attack the girls and really hurt them. She reckons they paid some subscription where the videos are footage of real attacks. The guys wear masks, it’s so messed up! Harry Jones went to a Julian Blanc seminar! That’s what James’s friends are like!

Adult themes

Sal Fitzgerald

Female | 30s | 5 to 10 minutes
Starts on page 21

EXTRACT: Look Kelsey, I’ve seen girls with cases like yours, and I understand, it’s not easy to talk about. To relive. But what we need are some concrete facts from you. Right now, your case against James Davis… well there isn’t much of a case. Right now, it looks like you willingly went home with him… You took drugs with him. (Beat.) Yep sorry mate, we know about that. I think it was your sister who said your drink was spiked but that’s not what happened. You took ecstasy with him.

Adult themes

Lucy Delaney

Female | 20s | Unspecified
Starts on page 26

EXTRACT: Has anyone looked at the evidence? Anyone? Um I have them here... green folder. I like colour coordinating. Sorry, ah, I’m a bit, well this is the first case that I’ve ever, um, well the first case that I’ve um ever looked at my by myself so I, I’m a bit- that’s why I’m a bit- I mean I actually have quite a lot of experience, I was hired as a graduate straight out of uni, and this quite a prestigious firm, so it’s not like I don’t know anything, I do know things, quite a lot of things! It’s just that, well I’m on my own this time. Sorry am I talking too fast? I get told all the time that I talk to fast and I find it really difficult to, well. Slow. Down. Sorry.

Jane Draper

Female | Teen | 5 to 10 minutes
Starts on page 33

EXTRACT: Anyways. Me dad… he gets pretty drunk sometimes. He hasn’t been drinkin’ since he’s bin wif Karen. I fink he know he’s got somefink pretty good wif her… but on that night Karen was away, so I guess he fought he could or somefink. He was watching TV and getting real angry at the footy, like shoutin’ an’ swearin’. And us’lly when he gets like that, i just stay outta his way… but I knew Kelsey was gonna be comin’ home late, and I di’n want ‘im to embarrass us so I… I put him to bed. I always put him to bed.



"The piece has a sexual assault at its heart and we meet the alleged perpetrator right at the beginning. On his phone to a mate while playing video games, James is bragging about last night with a girl called Kelsey. She posed for some topless shots and his other mate got his phone and uploaded them to social media. Here begins the loss of privacy and victim blaming which the play explores."



"What I love about this play is that it deftly uses every opportunity possible to inject a meaningful conversation about the issues at hand. Via incredibly illuminating monologues, Jackson gives voice to the traumas women experience every day and confronts the prevailing attitudes that perpetuate them."

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