Sunday, 1 March 2015

Review: The Nether at the Duke of York's Theatre



The Nether
Duke of York's Theatre
Reviewed on Thursday 26th March 2015 (matinee)
★★★

It's 2050 and people are living in The Nether, a new cyber wonderland providing total sensory immersion. Grippingly dark whilst delving into issues surrounding (virtual) paedophilia, Jennifer Haley makes her audience think about the answers to some very uncomfortable questions. 

At first the piece is a little overwhelming; it takes a while to work out where you are and what exactly is going on. Running for under an hour and a half, once you get to grips with the play it is suddenly over. It's important that shows like The Nether transfer to the West End (Haley's play previously sold out at the Royal Court), although I can imagine it being increasingly powerful and intense in a more intimate venue.

The cast make their mark, Amanda Hale's (Morris) performance is particularly moving towards the end of the play and Isabella Pappas, one of the young actresses to share the role of Iris, gives a knock out performance, delivering her portrayal with depth and sincerity. 

Es Devlin's terrific design creates a sophisticated cyberspace world. Jeremy Herrin's production isn't overpowering and doesn't force a particular point of view onto its audience; instead it leaves you with plenty to digest and, ultimately, you can make up your own mind.

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

The Nether runs at the Duke of York's Theatre until Saturday 25th April 2015.
Please visit www.thenethertheplay.co.uk for information and tickets.

Photo Credit:  Johan Persson

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