The Enemy review – Ibsen goes digital


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Dundee Rep
A powerful overhaul of An Enemy of the People weaves texts and emails seamlessly into the action

Kieran Hurley’s take on Henrik Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People was about to go into rehearsals in March 2020. What better moment to stage a play about a public health emergency and the tensions between scientist, politicians and media around how to handle it? What worse moment to go into production and be closed down by the pandemic?

Hurley’s adaptation for National Theatre of Scotland, set in the 21st century, feels fresh and immediate – and not just because of the timeliness of its subject matter. Our digitised world, with its numerous means of communication, is given full representation on the stage.

The Enemy is touring until 6 November

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