Brave new world
Hard-hitting and topical, UglyLiesthe Bone (to 1 Apr; p. 44) at the National Theatre follows Jess, who is suffering from trauma after fighting on the frontline in Afghanistan. Women are at the helm here; the director is Indhu Rubasingham, the artistic director of north London’s Tricycle Theatre, while Lindsey Ferrentino has written the script. Kate Fleetwood plays the soldier, who we see returning to her home in Florida, only to realise that things have changed even more than she has. Using virtualreality video-game therapy, she creates a new world to escape her pain.