Cameron Crighton as Tristan and Scarlett Mack as Connie
Following the critical and popular success of their productions of Iron and Outlying Islands, award-winning Firebrand produced the Scottish premiere of an unconventional and moving love story: a sexy, funny, and thought-provoking exploration of the limits of medicine in today’s pill-popping culture.
Connie is a psychology student. Tristan is a charming drifter. Both have signed up to a clinical trial for a new antidepressant super-drug. Sealed off from the outside world, the attraction between them turns into deeper feelings as their doses get stronger. They’ve been warned of side effects – can they trust their feelings, or is this just a chemical romance?
The Effect is spiced with warmth, humour and intelligence and the original production opened to great acclaim at the National Theatre in 2012 and won the Critic’s Circle Award for Best New Play for brilliant young playwright Lucy Prebble, author of the West End hit Enron and TV’s Secret Diary of a Call Girl.