THE NETHER // Oxford Playhouse // Weds-Fri 4th week
BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW for the play of the term – a gripping thriller hitting the Playhouse in a fortnight. https://www.oxfordplayhouse.com/theatre/3701/The-Nether/02-11-2016/Main-Stage
Welcome to The Nether – an alluring virtual wonderland in which you can build, act out and succumb to your wildest fantasies. A young detective launches an investigation into a server dedicated to a disturbing brand of entertainment, as a little girl plays in an idyllic country garden.
This “gripping and deeply disconcerting look at the internet” (Telegraph) was nominated for the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Play. An intricate and compelling sci-fi thriller, The Nether follows an investigation grappling with paedophilia, loneliness and the spiralling moral anxieties of a society increasingly reliant on digital technology.
This new student production is one of the very first regional performances of this critically acclaimed play – a viciously modern story set in an alarmingly possible future.
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F R A N K E N S T E I N // by NICK DEAR // at the KEBLE O’REILLY THEATRE // 7.30pm and 2.30om matinees // Wednesday – Sunday Week 5 Michaelmas // 9th – 13th November
‘Did I ask to be created? I am different, I know I am different. Why can I not be who I am?’
‘Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, and increasingly desperate and vengeful, he determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.’
It’s 1929. The Great War that brought Europe to the brink of annihilation is over. The Hindenburg Line of 1917 successfully repelled that Allies’ advance, and the resulting decade of stalemate warfare has decimated the continent.
In a fledgling world of new settlements and wandering refugees, Victor Frankenstein is determined to rebuild the world he saw destroyed. Scouring the frozen battlefields of northern Europe, he gathers his materials and sets out to undo the destruction he has witnessed.
In its first staging since its sell-out run at the National Theatre in 2011, StraightFace Theatre brings you Nick Dear’s adaptation of Frankenstein as you’ve never seen it before. Vital questions of scientific progress, childhood, humanity and responsibility are explored in this bold reinvention of Mary Shelley’s pioneering novel.
Tickets Here – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/straightface
THE SKRIKER // CARYL CHURCHILL // MICHAEL PILCH STUDIO // 7:30PM // 4TH WEEK WED-SAT // 2ND-5TH NOVEMBER
“Nobody loves me but at least it’s a sunny day. This has been a comfort to people as long as they’ve existed. But it’s not available any more. Sorry. Nobody loves me and the sun’s going to kill me…Some people might feel concerned about that. But it makes me feel important.”
In a broken world, two girls meet an extraordinary creature. It is the Skriker. A shape-shifter, a havoc-wreaker, and death portent; the Skriker is unstoppable and she has come from the faerie underworld to hunt. At once terrifying and enigmatic, the Skriker is hard to resist but Josie and Lily must try their best to keep a hold on each other and themselves.
Blank Canvas Productions, in association with ETC, will chew up time and space in the Michael Pilch Studio in 4th Week Michaelmas. Warning: young mothers and babies should consider staying at home.
Wednesday-Saturday 7:30pm. £10/7.
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