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The Enlightened


Liam Rees presents a true crime thriller meets internet deep-dive, The Enlightened tells a fictionalised story inspired by real life cases. It invites the audience to take part in a collective meditation session that takes place between the physical, digital, and spiritual realms, while exploring human connection and the need to make sense of chaos.

The Enlightened weaves a web of postcolonial mystery about a young, white man who went to India in search of enlightenment but disappeared without a trace. As friends, family, and internet sleuths fixate on a digital trail of breadcrumbs, inconvenient truths are uncovered, dangerous lies are exposed, and they’re all forced to ask: is the truth worth it?

Originally developed through the National Student Drama Festival’s Lab Programme, The Enlightened started as a lockdown experiment that blends theatre, film, and digital culture to create something that speaks to the new normal that we’re all navigating.

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