Brave new world

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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.

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