Darknet at Southwark Playhouse

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Darknet receives its world premiere at Southwark Playhouse.

Russell Bender directs the world premiere of Rose Lewenstein’s new play Darknet.

Developed with input from top academics, journalists and specialists working in technology, cybersecurity and online behaviour, Rose Lewenstein’s new play examines data transparency, the deep web and the information that we share online.

Darknet will run from 14 April 2016 until 7 May 2016 at Southwark Playhouse


You’re not even a fully formed person yet. Your face is still changing and your bones are still growing but already there’s a detailed map of your personality out there and companies you’ve never heard of are getting rich off it.”

Welcome to Octopus Inc., the internet giant that allows users to exchange personal data for currency. But not everyone is prepared to sacrifice their privacy for an easier life.

A teenager subverts the system in an attempt to save her mother. A visionary tech exec takes shortcuts to get ahead, and a cybercriminal chooses between two kinds of freedom.

Darknet navigates through the world of data transparency and the uncharted deep web, uncovering the things we choose to share online and the places in which we can hide.

“With new innovation comes fear of the unknown.”


The cast features Robin Berry (One Man, Two Guvnors, National Theatre), Greer Dale-Foulkes (The Playboy of the Western World, Southwark Playhouse), Jim English (Hurling Rubble At The Moon, Park), Naveed Khan (Pitcairn, Globe), Ella McLoughlin (Herons, Lyric Hammersmith), Gyuri Sarossy (The Absence of War, Headlong) and Rosie Thomson (Yes Prime Minister, West End).


Darknet by Rose Lewnstein is directed by Russell Bender with design by Mila Sanders, lighting by Katharine Williams, sound by Edward Lewis, video design by Benjamin Walden and creative technologist is Henry Garner

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 7 May 2016

Venue Information

Southwark Playhouse Borough, 77-85 Newington Causeway, London, SE1 6BD
Nearest Tube or Train: Elephant & Castle (Bakerloo line, Northern line)
Nearest Buses: 35, 40, 133, 136, 333, 343, C10, N35, N133, N343

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