Matt Hartley's Microcosm is a play that examines the effect of gang intimidation on a homeowner. It was first performed at Soho Theatre, London, on 7 May 2014.
The play opens with Alex, recently moved into his new flat, receiving a visit from his neighbour, the Tom Cruise-obsessed Philip. Philip brings him a bottle of wine and the wing-mirror from Alex's car, which, it transpires after an embarrassing misunderstanding, was removed from the car by the small gang loitering on the street. It marks the start of a gradual erosion of Alex's optimism at moving into the flat and building a life with his girlfriend Clare. As the play proceeds, Alex becomes increasingly paranoid, obsessed with removing the gang from the neighbourhood, with significant consequences for his home, his relationship and his safety.
The Soho Theatre premiere was directed by Derek Bond and designed by James Perkins, with Christopher Brandon as the Police Officer, John Lightbody as Philip, Philip McGinley as Alex and Jenny Rainsford as Clare.