YOUR CONNECTION IS NOT PRIVATE
How does it feel to have your privacy invaded?
It’s London 2018 and a revised bill on state surveillance powers is about to be voted. Secret activists look to protect you and the public but risk being outed. State agents use tools to keep tabs on us via our access to the internet and smartphones. You are players in the system of surveillance.
Following the passing of the Investigatory Powers Bill by UK parliament in November 2016, audiences were invited to play an immersive game of surveillance, in an attempt to highlight how governments and corporations are accessing our private data. What does it feel like to have our privacy invaded, and what we can do to protect ourselves?
PRESENTED by The Free Word Centre London and Camden People's Theatre
CONCEPT devised by Coney
WRITING by Tassos Stevens, William Drew, Michelle McMahon
DIRECTION by Michelle McMahon and Tassos Stevens
CAST. Alejandro De Mesa, Angela Clerkin, Dan Ford, Richard Popple, Segen Yosife and Tom Lyall
SOUND DESIGN by Kieran Lucas
PRODUCED by Natalie Adams for Coney
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT | STAGE MANAGEMENT. Adam Robertson
STAGE MANAGEMENT PLACEMENT (RWCMD). Robert Fletcher
PRODUCTION STILLS © Rowan Spray
Commissioned by Free Word and Camden People’s Theatre, the work was presented to an invited audience at the Free Word Centre (March 2017) with plans for the work to be further developed for a wider audience in the future.
It draws on latest research and was developed in conversation with leading free expression organisations including Open Rights Group, Big Brother Watch, Liberty, English Pen and ARTICLE 19 and incorporates a tail of online tools and tactics made by Coney.