The Nether

The Nether

Science Fiction isn't the most common genre you find on stage; ironic, really, since it was Karel Čapek’s 1920 play R.U.R. which gave us the word “robot”, for example. Is it because we expect our “sci-fi” to come with spectacular (or, alternatively, laughably cheap) special effects difficult to produce (even now) live, on a nightly basis? Or that, somehow, most people believe that scientific speculation simply isn’t “serious” enough for “proper” theatre?By choosing to perform The Nether, Edinburgh-based Theatre Paradok capably remind us that science fiction doesn’t require the OTT visuals, and is perfectly capable of working with some really big and disturbing ideas... 

Mary Barnes

Mary Barnes

As a playwright, David Edgar long ago sped past the number of plays written by Shakespeare, but it’s fair to say that – while often making a big impact at the time – not many of his works have since entered the national repertory...