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In the society we find ourselves in, there are few more relevant cultural topics which will come to the fore as frequently, than surveilance and our privacy. In The Vice Like Grip Of It tackles this and much more; and the play is at Stockton’s ARC on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th February.

It’s a fresh, bold piece of theatre, exploring the relationship between citizens and the state in light of our knowledge of contemporary surveillance practices. Our relationship with the government is lifelong, and our personal devices become an increasingly reliable means for the state to know us, intimately. We start by watching a woman through the fourth wall of her home, the image of her captured and projected, her voice caught by her smartphone and amplified, she puts her thumb over the camera on her laptop as the screen the audience sees fills with the words she’s typing, ‘I think I’m being watched…’

In a play which captures the zeitgeist unnervingly well, this is a smart, sharp piece which really needs to be watched as much as we all are.

In The Vice Like Grip Of It plays at Stockton’s ARC on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th February.

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