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?
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.
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.
I’ve never felt so connected as an audience before […] like a cult of conspiracy theorists
It’s hard not to be inspired by the ambition and the innovative approach of THE ENLIGHTENED. Pushing at the current limits of tech and live performance, the show has all the raw ingredients to attract the best type of audience – those curious at the possibilities of live theatre, hungry for new form and ideas.
David Byrne, Artistic Director at New Diorama Theatre