15th April - 7th May 2016, Southwark Playhouse
“You’re not even a fully formed person yet. Your face is still changing and your bones are still growing but already there’s a detailed map of your personality out there and companies you’ve never heard of are getting rich off it.”
Welcome to Octopus Inc., the internet giant that allows users to exchange personal data for currency. But not everyone is prepared to sacrifice their privacy for an easier life.
A teenager subverts the system in an attempt to save her mother. A visionary tech exec takes shortcuts to get ahead, and a cybercriminal chooses between two kinds of freedom.
Darknet navigates through the world of data transparency and the uncharted deep web, uncovering the things we choose to share online and the places in which we can hide.
“With new innovation comes fear of the unknown.”
We're delighted to announce the premiere of Darknet at Southwark Playhouse. We'll have lots of information and announcements soon
DARKNET is the third collaboration between Rose Lewenstein and Russell Bender. Their process usually starts with a big idea. Rose always writes, Russell always directs, but they work closely together from the outset, with each phase of research, writing and development informing the next.
In early 2014, we did a first stage of research and development and three work-in-progres showings supported by East 15 Acting School, Battersea Arts Centre, Cambridge Junction and Arts Council England. We were delighted to work with actors Esh Alladi, Nicholas Karimi, Bettrys Jones, Helena Lymberry, Moj Taylor, Mark Weinman, writer Rose Lewenstein, director Russell Bender, composer Adam Pleeth, movement director Avye Leventis, game designer William Drew and designer Mila Sanders.
In April 2016, Darknet opened at Southwark Playhouse supported using public funding by Arts Council England...
- Written by Rose Lewenstein
- Directed by Russell Bender