Martin Crimp was definitely ahead of his time when his play The Treatment first premiered at the Royal Court in 1993: not just in his jagged, fragmentary yet precise storytelling that nowadays feels utterly naturalistic, but also in its portrait of the commodification of lives and how (non-creative) artists like film producers go about turning those stories into the stuff of commerce.
The Treatment, The Almeida Theatre
Martin Crimp's modern satire is set in a film studio in New York and centres on a young woman in an industry, where people are mere commodities and the business' driving factor is to sell sex and make money. Our leading lady finds out that it is a dangerous game, exploiting the rights to your life as a commodity.
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