It’s not every day you can say your play truly transports its audience to another world. But thanks to its spectacular integration of Virtual Reality technology into Lindsey Ferrentino’s therapy drama, Ugly Lies The Bone achieves just that, in a mind-bending, visually spectacular and emotionally moving story of recovery from the physical brink.
After the show’s celebrated press night, we were lucky enough to meet up with the team behind the National Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio and Firsthand Technology to talk about the benefits of the medium, and how audiences can we experience it for themselves after the show.
Beauty is but skin deep, ugly lies the bone; beauty dies and fades away, but ugly holds its own.’ After three tours in Afghanistan and months in a severe burns unit, Jess finally returns to Florida. In a small town on the Space Coast, as the final shuttle is about the launch, Jess must confront her scars, and a home that may have changed even more than her.
Experimenting with pioneering virtual reality therapy, she builds a breathtaking new world where she can escape her pain. There, she begins to restore her relationships, her life and, slowly, herself.
Ugly Lies The Bone is currently booking at the National Theatre Lyttelton until 1 April; you can book tickets through us here.