The Nether

Dirks Theatre Arts Association

19,20/5|Friday,Saturday|20:00     Macao Cultural Centre Small Auditorium     Tickets: MOP 200, 150

People’s online and offline interactions have become part of their daily lives. The boundary that separates reality and virtuality seems to be there? And it seems not to be there?

The story is set in the near future. A virtual realm named “Hideaway” that exists within the “Nether” is getting more and more popular with people. With its extremely immersive sensory stimulation and emotion experience, the number of users keeps on growing until a young detective from the “real realm” begins to investigate crimes in the Hideaway, immediately triggering a series of interrogation and battle that go deep into the darkest corners of imagination.

The Nether is written by American playwright Jennifer Haley, insightfully depicting the entanglement between technology and humans. It has won the Ovation Awards in the “Playwriting for an Original Play” category as well as the Writing Award by the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. Together with multimedia and live projection, Dirks Theatre is going to bring you into an emotional realm that is hard to distinguish between reality and virtuality.

Duration: approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes, no interval
Performed in Cantonese, with surtitles in Chinese and English
Restricted to  audiences over 13 years of age (contains violence and adult content)

Playwright: Jennifer Haley
Directors: Ip Ka Man and Wu May Bo
Video Design: Yeung Chun Yip
Lighting Design: Tou Kuok Hong
Sound and Music Design: Chan Ming Kin

Characters and Cast
Sims / Papa: Ip Ka Man
Morris: Ieong Ieng Ieng
Doyle: Lee Kwok Wai
Woodnut: Lao U Hang