DOI: 10.5040/9781784604707.00000002
Roles: Male (15) , Female (13) , Neutral (12)

Rose Lewenstein's play Darknet is a drama exploring the world of data commodification and the uncharted deep web. It was first performed at Southwark Playhouse, London, on 14 April 2016, produced by Potential Difference.

The play is set in some unspecified near future. Teenager Kyla enlists the help of computer genius Jamie to navigate the darknet in order to buy methadone for her addict mother, Stacey. Meanwhile Allen, a tech exec for Octopus Inc., the internet giant that allows users to exchange personal data for currency, prepares to launch a new predictive algorithm that could transform online advertising. But a group of online hackers is out to stop him.

An author's note in the script states that 'Nothing about the play is naturalistic. Scenes don’t stop and start but jump from one to another, as though the audience are navigating multiple web pages.'

The premiere production was directed by Russell Bender and designed by Mila Sanders. It was performed by Jim English, Robin Berry, Rosie Thomson, Naveed Khan, Gyuri Sarossy, Ella McLoughlin and Greer Dale-Foulkes.

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Nick Hern Books

Rose Lewenstein

ISBN: 9781848425811

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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