Lie Detector Truth Detector
Welcome to 21st century Britain
This article is from 2007.
Peter Yates’ play is made up of three thematically linked short plays. In the first a man accused of terrorism undergoes a lie detector test; in the second two security guards in a shopping mall abuse the authority of their uniforms, while the third, the longest of the three, tracks a woman’s struggle to get a passport in 21st century Britain. It’s a world of red tape where rights are a thing of the past, rules and regulations are unquestionably obeyed, people are machines under constant observation and judged by their outward appearance, power and corruption comes with a uniform and human instinct counts for nothing. Using humour, elements of physical theatre and a cracking narrative, even the most established theatre practitioners could learn a few things from this 21st century company. (Nicola Husband)
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