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The Nether

Jennifer Haley

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I’ve read the studies. No one has been able to draw a conclusive correlation between virtual behaviour and behaviour in-world.

The Nether is a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire. But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of the imagination.

Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both a serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams.

Jennifer Haley’s The Nether received its UK premiere in July 2014 at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in a co-production with Headlong.

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This is mind-bending, it's ingenious and it's ethically challenging... A knotty, important and thought-provoking disputation about virtual reality and moral policing... Structured quite brilliantly, like a hall of mirrors.

Kate Bassett, The Times
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[A] deeply disturbing and very responsibly provocative play... Shaped, poetic restraint and eloquent economy.

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Disturbing... and dramatically satisfying... The internet has undoubtedly changed us as a species, and The Nether asks big questions about how we go forward.

Andrzej Lukowski, Time Out
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A thought-provoking, deeply disconcerting success. It is a piece that taps into one of the most urgent and disturbing issues of our times... This is a haunting and highly original modern fairy-tale that combines creepy enchantment with a whiff of sulphur."

Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph