Neil and Zef are two twenty-something computer whizzes with questionable dress sense and a highly developed interest in video games and Netflix. They’re also the UK’s ‘National Defence Information Security Team’ - recruited by GCHQ for their sky-high IQs and ability to work quickly and discreetly, no questions asked.  

With unfettered access to the world’s data and infinite powers of electronic intrusion, these unlikely agents are essential cogs in the national security machine.  But when their window onto intelligence operations shows them more than they were meant to see, they begin to question their roles in a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are not…

Al Blyth’s explosive espionage thriller challenges the ‘nothing to hide, nothing to fear’ mantra and explores how we can live honestly, love freely, and stay authentic when the advances in cutting-edge technology outpace the law.

The Haystack is Blyth’s first full-length play and Roxana Silbert makes her directing debut as Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director


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4.5(2 reviews)
  • Fran Shaw

    Mar 5, 2020

    A very thought provoking and pacy piece giving us an insight into the workings of MI5 and MI6. How far are they the guardians of National Security and preservers of our freedoms and how far are they merely there to protect those in power from fair and proper scrutiny. Brought to my mind the great Mick Heron books which are on a similar theme. If you like those you will love this. Excellent script and great performances from all the actors.

  • Rachel Levy

    Feb 28, 2020

    George Orwell and Big Daddy comes to mind. A tragic thriller ver.y pertinent to the digital age. State watching us of which we are unaware. We are ignorant of the extent of how much we are surveyed. Excellent performances By, Johnson and Morrison And Okoronkwo.. We are subject to the growth of CCTV cameras. The Glad for dialog display helped in interpreting sometimes unclear .dialogue.

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