“This is mind-bending, it’s ingenious and it’s ethically challenging.”
The London Times
Explore the dark side of the web with one of the most provocative plays in recent times; The Nether by Jennifer Haley.
The Nether offers complete freedom – a new virtual wonderland providing total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire.
An intricate crime drama and a haunting thriller set in the not too distant future, The Nether follows an investigation into the complicated morality of identity in the digital world, and explores the consequences of making dreams a reality.
Following sell out seasons in the West End and Broadway, and directed by Justin Martin (Netflix’s The Crown), Jennifer Haley’s multi-award winning play now comes to the Seymour in an Australian premiere by Catnip Productions.
“As a parable for where we’re headed on that big old highway in the digital sky, The Nether exerts a vise-like grip, while taking you down avenues of thought you probably haven’t travelled yet.” – The New York Times
“Haley’s play at first challenges us to think the unthinkable, then almost seduces us into it.” – The Financial Times
POST SHOW DISCUSSION
Tuesday 26 September – Ideas Panel Talk
8.45pm – 9.30pm
A key theme explored in The Nether is thought crime, an Orwellian concept that refers to persecution for thinking illegal thoughts. But is it still only a “thought” crime when imagined fantasies can be seen, heard and even touched in a virtual realm?
Our world is becoming more ‘virtual’ with the development of accessible and realistic virtual reality technology, which blurs the line between what is fantasy and what is reality. What happens when virtual reality crosses over into unethical territory? Can thoughts pose a danger to other people, even if they are never acted upon? Should private fantasies have any rules or regulations imposed on them by society as a whole?
Dr Simon Longstaff, Executive Director of The Ethics Centre, will explore these controversial ideas in a panel discussion following the performance of The Nether. Dr Longstaff will be joined by Cat Dibley of Catnip Productions and Kimberlee Weatherall, a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney whose current research spans a range of issues at the intersection of law, regulation and the internet.
Kim Knuckey, Katie Fitchett, Alan Faulkner, Alec Snow and Danielle Catanzariti
DIRECTOR | Justin Martin
PRODUCER | Cat Dibley, Catnip Productions
SET DESIGNER | Pip Runciman
COSTUME DESIGNER | Mel Liertz
LIGHTING DESIGNER | Christopher Page
COMPOSERS AND SOUND DESIGNERS | James Brown and Tom Hogan
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR | Kate Skinner
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER | Becky Matthews
STAGE MANAGER | Cecilia Nelson
ASM and PRODUCTION MANAGER | Maria Spataro
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT | Alex Packard
DESIGN ASSISTANT | Ester Karuso-Thurn
VOICE AND DIALECT COACH | Linda Nicholls-Gidley
CHOREOGRAPHER & MOVEMENT COACH | Tom Hodgson
ASSISTANT MOVEMENT COACH | Scott Eveleigh