Congratulations to the Exeter University Theatre Company for this production which allows the emotion to bubble just under the surface without allowing it to erupt into cliché.Set entirely in a series of Internet chatrooms, the play focuses on Jim, a clinically depressed 18-year-old looking for advice from anonymous Essex teenagers he meets online. Unfortunately, although these people understand Jim, they definitely do not have his best interests at heart.Director Alice Birch has brilliantly overcome the challenge of staging a play where the characters never actually meet. Her cast sit on stools staring impassively into space, their eyes the blinking of the cursors on their screens, waiting for their opportunities to speak. Nic McQuillans Jim is wonderful: touching, sensitive, angry, defeated. And Craig Knox is poisonous as a self-proclaimed angry cynic, his face contorted into a mask of fury, raging at a cultural system he feels betrayed by, if it even exists.Unfortunately, the play itself is mediocre. It makes its points almost immediately and doesnt really develop them beyond the obvious. Hostility is easy when you never have to look the other person in the eye. And the playwrights handling of Jims closing monologues about depression smacks of amateurism. Its also a shame that the whole cast doesnt get more of a chance to shine because its clear they can engage with the material in front of them in an interesting way. Ultimately, the script contorts otherwise naturalistic performances into unrealistic shapes that betray everything the actors have worked towards. But as a production of a published play it is exciting, bold and definitely worth your time.