Dawn King's play Ciphers is a thriller about spies, double agents, and the opaqueness of the human soul. It was first produced by Out of Joint, the Bush Theatre and Exeter Northcott Theatre, and first performed at Exeter Northcott Theatre on 16 October 2013 before touring the UK.
Justine is a British Intelligence Officer. She is pursuing Kareem, a youth worker, whom she believes may have information on a suspected terrorist living in the UK. But when Justine is found dead in mysterious circumstances, her sister Kerry sets out to find out what happened and stumbles into a world of secrets and subterfuge that make her question who Justine really was.
The play's exploration of the fluidity of personal identity is heightened by the use of doubling in production, particularly the doubling of Justine and Kerry, who the script stipulates should be played by the same actor.
The premiere production was directed by Blanche McIntyre and designed by James Perkins. It was performed by Bruce Alexander, Ronny Jhutti, Gráinne Keenan and Shereen Martin. The production subsequently toured to Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham; Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol; Oxford Playhouse; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh; Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry; Bush Theatre, London and Salisbury Playhouse.