Holy Land – Trailer

ELEGY is thrilled to present ‘Holy Land’ by Matthew Gouldesbrough, who was recently shortlisted for The Royal Court Theatre’s Introductory Writers’ Group 2018. The play is about to launch into a tour of the UK and 2 weeks at Edinburgh…

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ELEGY is thrilled to present ‘Holy Land’ by Matthew Gouldesbrough, who was recently shortlisted for The Royal Court Theatre’s Introductory Writers’ Group 2018. The play is about to launch into a tour of the UK and 2 weeks at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August.

This cutting edge and contemporary new work is an intimate ‘three-hander​’ about the dark side of the internet. Three stories of online escapism and revolt are interwoven. In their signature style, Elegy fuse multi-media, vivid new writing and spoken word in this excavation of the dark side of the internet and human nature.

Tim struggles to emerge from his backward hometown. After a childhood trauma he creates a website, a dark mirror of YouTube, hosting videos that have no place elsewhere. He justifies the website as deeply human, somewhere the chaos of real life is laid bare and people can be made accountable for their actions. After all, he’s not responsible for the creation of the content – right?

Jon has just lost his daughter. Now he’s planning something terrible…
To right the wrongs of life…
To prove he’s in control of his fate…
Prove his daughter’s death had to be chance…
But is mass violence really the answer?

Kate is trying to get through the day.
She knows she’s gonna get out. She knows she’s gonna do great things.
Just as soon as she can find the money. Just as soon as she can shake off her mother…
but her boyfriend has just bought a webcam and has other ideas… darker ideas.

These connected stories intercut each other, playing with the narrative, asking:
Who’s accountable for what happens?
How little control do we have?
And how much of it can we take?

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