Join Sheffield amateur dramatic group the Midland Players for their upcoming production of The Effect by Lucy Prebble – a contemporary British playwright best known for her TV adaptation of Secret Diary of a Call Girl and the original drama I Hate Suzie, which she co-created with its star Billie Piper.
When The Effect premiered and toured in 2012, starring Piper, The Telegraph’s reviewer, Charles Spencer, wrote: “what makes The Effect so special is that, as well as being a play of ideas, it is also deeply moving, both in its depiction of the giddy wonder of love, and also in its account of the terrifying wasteland of depression itself. The Effect is an astonishingly rich and rewarding play, as intelligent as it is deeply felt.”
The play asks if there really is any such thing as love, or if science has now proved that to be no more than chemical exchanges taking place in the brain. When two young people, Connie and Tristan, volunteer to take part in the trial of a new anti-depressant drug, they are forced to ask whether or not they can trust the powerful attraction they feel toward each other, or even the truth of what they are being told by the two scientists conducting the trial?
This highly acclaimed modern work tackles serious issues with humour and sensitivity.