Monday 29th September – Saturday 1st October @ 8pm
“You’re on a placebo, Tristan. Least I’ve got an excuse. She told me: you’re nothing, you’re a control. This is all just you.”
The Effect is a clinical romance. Two young volunteers, Tristan and Connie, agree to take part in a clinical drug trial. Succumbing to the gravitational pull of attraction and love, however, Tristan and Connie manage to throw the trial off-course, much to the frustration of the clinicians involved. This funny, moving and perhaps surprisingly human play explores questions of sanity, neurology and the limits of medicine, alongside ideas of fate, loyalty and the inevitability of physical attraction. Following on from the critical and commercial success of Enron, The Effect is the latest play from Lucy Prebble. It was co-produced by Headlong and was performed at the National Theatre’s Cottesloe Theatre in February 2013. Prebble’s setting is a posh clinic where paid volunteers take part in pharmaceutical drug trials. We meet two of the guinea pigs: Tristan – boisterously flirty – and Connie, a bright psychology student. As they take ever stronger dosages, they are closely monitored by a psychiatrist, Lorna, who is herself being supervised by another doctor, Toby, with whom she enjoys an edgily tense relationship. But, escaping Lorna’s policing, Tristan and Connie start to fall in love. What they are not sure of is whether their new found passion is instinctive or a by-product of dopamine.
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