By Steve Thompson Wed 2 Jun - Fri 23 Jul, 2004

'It's not in the public interest just because it interests the public'

Deep in the bowels of a tabloid newspaper office, the clock is ticking with only an hour left before the presses have to roll?

A controversial photo of a topless children's TV star has mysteriously turned up. Who sent it? Why? And is it really all it seems? This sensational photo poses a moral conundrum, exposing deceit, lies and a darker secret that mustn't be revealed at any cost.

Front page scoop or crushing libel settlement in disguise? They must decide now: play it safe, or publish and be damned. It's time for the ink to hit the paper and the shit to hit the fan...

Is a celebrity entitled to privacy or are they fair game for feeding time at the tabloid zoo? Damages is a witty and contemporary (im)morality tale of power-hungry hacks, suicidal sub editors and razor-sharp lawyers, trying to put the past and the paper to bed.


What the papers say

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'Roxana Silbert's production buzzes energetically and unpreachily along.'

The Times

'It's a beautifully put-together play, directed by Roxana Silbert with more care and precision than I could see at first, and with John Bett as Howard and Amanda Drew as Abigail foremost among a quartet of strong performances.'



Direction - Roxana Silbert
Designer - Liz Cooke
Lighting Design - Chahine Yavroyan
Sound Design - Matt McKenzie


cast includes

Paul Albertson
John Bett
Amanda Drew
Phil McKee