A 16-year-old London schoolboy and an 18-year-old recluse in Shetland meet online, pick a fight with the FBI and change the world forever.
Tim Price gets behind the code with the original Anonymous members and creates an anarchic retelling of the birth of hacktivism. A fictional account of the true story of Anonymous and LulzSec, the collective swarm who took on the most powerful capitalist forces from their bedrooms.
Tim Price, author of Protest Song about the Occupy movement and National Theatre of Wales’ The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning continues his interrogation of contemporary revolutions.
Tim Price’s theatre credits include: Protest Song at The Shed at the National Theatre, I’m With The Band directed by Hamish Pirie at the Traverse, Praxis Makes Perfect (with Neon Neon, at National Theatre Wales), Demos at the Traverse, The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning for National Theatre Wales, For Once for Pentabus and Hampstead Theatre, tour), Salt Root and Roe, as part of the Donmar Warehouse’s Trafalgar Studio season, which was nominated for an Olivier Award and Will and George. Tim is one of the founders of Cardiff’s leading fringe new writing company Dirty Protest. Launched in 2007, the company has worked with over one hundred Welsh writers, staging new sell-out plays in alternative venues, from pubs and clubs, to kebab shops, hairdressers and a forest. The company took over the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs last summer, as part of Surprise Theatre in the Open Court festival.
Hamish Pirie is Associate Director at the Royal Court and this will be the first time he has directed here. He has worked with Tim Price on three of his shows, directing I’m With The Band and Demos at the Traverse, Edinburgh (where he was previously Associate Director) and Salt Root and Roe for the Donmar Warehouse’s Trafalgar Studio season. His credits at the Traverse include Quiz Show by Rob Drummond, Love With A Capital ‘L’ by Tony Cox, 3 Seconds by Lesley Hart, Most Favoured by David Ireland, Bravo Figaro by Mark Thomas, The Last Bloom by Amba Chevannes and 50 Plays for Edinburgh.
This play is a fictional account which has been inspired by a true story. Some of the incidents, characters and time lines have been changed for dramatic purposes. In some cases fictitious characters and incidents have been added to the plot, and the words are those imagined by the author. The play should not be understood as a biography or factual account.
Age guidance 15+
Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes with an interval
Concessions Available, Audio Described Performance, Saturday Matinees
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
£32, £22, £16, £12
Sat 25 Oct 2014
Jerwood Theatre Downstairs
£32, £22, £16, £12
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Mondays all seats £10 (half are available in advance to Friends and Supporters, strictly subject to availability, and then available only on the day of the performance from 9am online)
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25s and under £12* (available for independent bookers, valid on £22, £16 and £12 tickets)
School and HE Groups of 8+ 50% off top two prices (available Wednesday -Friday and all matinees)
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“At last, we have a play fit for the bewildering online times in which we live… Teh Internet is Serious Business takes us inside the strange world of the hacker, at once solitary and part of a sort of surrogate family.”
“Big themes, big questions, but what a light touch this production displays even as it probes the darker side of the web. Boldly, surprisingly, there’s not a computer in sight.”
“But there’s a beauty in the mystery – computer code is recited like poetry, while actors dance and flex in tune with different keyboard functions. And through the encrypted, whirligig swirl, particular, poignant insights emerge into how two precocious schoolboys, Hamza Jeetooa’s “Tflow” and Kevin Guthrie’s “Topiary”, got drawn ever further into this alternate universe, escaping lives dreary and unhappy but suffering real-world consequences for their online adventures. In the end, this enthralling, if a touch overlong, show is talking about their generation – and about time too.”
3 stars “Tim Price’s debut play for the Royal Court is a foul-mouthed, jargon-heavy modern history lesson that paints the saga of the Anonymous hacking collective in Day-Glo brush strokes that some viewers will definitely find offensive.”
“Genuinely informative about who Anonymous are and what exactly it is that they’ve done – exactly the sort of thing the Royal Court should be writing about. And it can’t be understated how joyously fun it all is, with a great, game comic cast, and an infectious hopefulness.“
“Teh Internet Is Serious Business’ is serious lulz and on those grounds, it’s a win”
“the Royal Court is on fire at the moment. Barely has the new season begun, and it’s put out two plays which, if not entirely redefining what plays/theatre can be, both feel effortlessly original, intelligent, are hugely entertaining and very funny to boot.”
“but isn’t it just brilliant to have a play that has a ball pool on stage and a guy from the Shetland islands scaring the shit out of the government even though he basically never changes out of his dressing gown.”
“Dramatic? At points. Interesting? Certainly. Fun? Oh, yes. …. It boldly geeks where no play has geeked before. But this reflects the awkwardness spiked with power that these young hackers possess…. But Teh Internet offers a rare and winning combination: high originality, sloppy but ballsy, and the willingness to tackle an issue affecting us all….Worth a look, worth a think – if only for the lulz.”