If you had the equipment to be able to find out anything you wanted to online, how deep would you search? That's the decision two computer geeks have to face as they're recruited into the national defence security team, using cutting-edge technology to investigate a questionable journalist.Exploring the consequences of surveillance in the present day, Al Blyth's world premiere of The Haystack asks what happens when methods develop faster than the law.Ahead of the official opening night, we asked...
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Neil and Zef are two twenty-something computer whizzes with questionable dress sense and a highly developed interest in video games and Netflix. They're also the UK's 'National Defence Information Security Team' - recruited by GCHQ for their sky-high IQs and ability to work quickly and discreetly, no questions asked.
With unfettered access to the world's data and infinite powers of electronic intrusion, these unlikely agents are essential cogs in the national security machine. But when their window onto intelligence operations shows them more than they were meant to see, they begin to question their roles in a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are not...
Al Blyth's explosive espionage thriller challenges the 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear' mantra and explores how we can live honestly, love freely, and stay authentic when the advances in cutting-edge technology outpace the law.
The Haystack is Blyth's first full-length play and Roxana Silbert makes her directing debut as Hampstead Theatre's Artistic Director.
The cast will include Lucy Black as Denise, Oliver Johnstone as Neil, Rona Morison as Cora, Enyi Okoronkwo as Zef and Sarah Woodward as Hannah.
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Cast and creative
By: Al Blyth
Director: Roxana Silbert
Cast list: Lucy Black, Oliver Johnstone, Rona Morison, Sarah Woodward
Design: Tom Piper
Lighting: Rick Fisher
Costume: Emma Cains
Choreography: Wayne Parsons
Sound: Ben and Max Ringham