Radicalisation online probed in Selina Fillinger’s compelling Faceless at Park Theatre

I think I’m ready to convert – I know I need two witnesses for it to count so I Googled it

PMJ Productions returns to London’s Park Theatre with the European premiere of Selina Fillinger’s play, Faceless, after its sell-out run of Sket in 2016.

Directed and designed by returning director Prav MJ, Faceless highlights the power of the internet and its far reaching consequences in the 21st century.

Inspired by a true court case, this insightful play follows the life of Susie, a suburban Chicago teenager who converts online from Christianity to Islam and tries to reach Syria.

In the ensuing court case she finds herself portrayed as an enemy of the State and is prosecuted by a young female Muslim lawyer.

Selina Fillinger is a Chicago-based actor and playwright, who recently graduated from Northwestern University, USA.

Faceless was commissioned by Northlight Theatre and the subsequent Chicago production (2017) was nominated for a Joseph Jeff Award. Selina Fillinger is a 2018 recipient of South Coast Repertory’s Elizabeth George commission.

Accompanying the play are a series of post-show talks with speakers including playwright Selina Fillinger; John Cameron, who is Head of Helplines at NSPCC; barrister Tunde Okewale and journalist James Fergusson, the author of Al-Britannia, My Country – A Journey through Muslim Britain.

Cast Fiona Gent, Paige Round, Sam Thorpe-Spinks, Matt Mella and Fearon McElroy.

Faceless runs at the Park Theatre from April 17 – May 12.

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