The Nether

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Jennifer Haley

Published by Faber & Faber

3 Male 3 Female

Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize

"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.

This daring examination of moral responsibility in virtual worlds, opens with a familiar interrogation scene given a technological twist

As Detective Morris questions Mr Sims about his activities in a role-playing realm so realistic it could be life, she finds herself on unexpectedly slippery ground

Sims argues for the freedom to explore even the most deviant corners of our imagination

Morris holds that we cannot flesh out our malign fantasies without consequence

Their clash of wills leads to a consequence neither could have imagined

Suspenseful, ingeniously constructed, and fiercely intelligent, the play forces us to confront deeply disturbing questions about the boundaries of reality

The Nether is both a serpentine crime drama and haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the consequences of living out our private dreams

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