Teh Internet Is Serious Business
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
The Big Idea
To accompany the production, we present two events inspired by the themes in the play: an exclusive in-conversation with original Anonymous and LulzSec hacktivists (Mon 29 Sept – Watch the archive footage of the live steamed debate here ) and Cryptoparty (4 Oct).
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