DOI: 10.5040/9781784604271.00000002
Roles: Male (2) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

Glenn Waldron's play Natives is a drama about three disparate teenagers who, as 'digital natives', find their lives unexpectedly interwoven. It was produced by Boundless Theatre and first performed at Southwark Playhouse, London, on 29 March 2017. A German-language version of the play was first performed at Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus in September 2016.

The play is narrated in intersecting monologues by three characters, A, B and C, all fourteen years old. A, who lives on an island 'somewhere in the Indian Ocean', is a slave to her Instagram account and status anxiety, and has more contact with the family servants than she does with her high-flying parents. B lives in a deprived English town, and is first encountered watching Japanese cannibal porn during his elder brother’s funeral service. C, living somewhere in the Middle East, is obsessed with online games, but becomes haunted by a video of a blindfolded teenager being pushed off a building. For all three of them, there is no true distinction to be made between the digital world and the 'real' world, and they all have their life perspectives radically altered.

The original production was directed by Rob Drummer and designed by Amelia Jane Hankin. It was performed by Ella Purnell as A, Fionn Whitehead as B and Manish Gandhi as C.

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Nick Hern Books

Glenn Waldron

ISBN: 9781848426399

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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