Ugly Lies The Bone: Royal National Theatre, London – March 1 – June 2017
After each performance – the audience can experience Firsthand’s VR for pain relief – COOL!
Presented by Firsthand and HTC Vive
Playwright Lindsey Ferrentino’s highly acclaimed ULTB tells the story of Jess, who returns from her third tour of duty in Afghanistan to her home in Titusville, Florida, with extreme burns and mental scars from the trauma she suffered on the battlefield. In the play, Jess uses virtual reality to help overcome her pain and PTSD.
Lindsey was energized to write this play after hearing the story of VR pain therapy and SnowWorld (created by Firsthand). When Lindsey first staged the play at Roundabout Theatre in NYC, they contacted Firsthand to learn more about VR and the real stories behind the play. That phone call has turned into an ongoing collaboration around ULTB, to bring the personal stories of veterans out of the shadows, and to highlight how virtual reality is changing real people’s lives for the better. COOL! is our latest progeny of SnowWorld, and we’re proud to bring VR to the UK audience in this premier world venue.
It’s been exciting, and humbling to see this story that we are so intimately connected to brought to life on stage. Ugly Lies the Bone is a coming of age story for VR, bringing VR finally from the realm of science fiction, into a more real and authentic place in our culture and the public psyche.
Read the official Press Release here (March 1, 2017)