Rose Lewenstein

Plays by Rose Lewenstein


Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

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.

Now This Is Not The End  

Nick Hern Books
Type: Text

Rose Lewenstein’s play Now This Is Not The End is a family-history drama that explores the meaning of legacy, identity and our sense of belonging, through the eyes of three generations of women. It was first performed at the Arcola Theatre, London, on 3 June 2015.

The play is set in London and Berlin. Eva lived in Berlin as a child before being dispatched to safety in the UK after the arrest of her Jewish father. Now Rosie, Eva's granddaughter, has come to live in Berlin to study German, while Eva herself begins to decline with dementia. As Rosie looks to the future, the secrets of her family’s past begin to unravel.

The premiere production was directed by Katie Lewis and designed by Holly Pigott. It was performed by Jasmine Blackborow (as Rosie), Daniel Donskoy, Brigit Forsyth, Wendy Nottingham, AndrewWhipp and Bernard Lloyd.

Rose Lewenstein is a writer whose plays include: Darknet (Southwark Playhouse); Now This Is Not The End (Arcola); Game of Life (The Yard); Only Human (Theatre503); Entries on Love (Rich Mix) and Ain’t No Law Against Fish ’n’ Chips (Royal Court Young Writers Festival). Her play Psychoslut was featured in the [email protected] series. She has been a member of the Royal Court’s Supergroup and Young Writers Programme.