The Effect


Modern Art Oxford
30 Pembroke Street
01865 263990
27th March 2019

Could love be a side effect of medication?
If you’re taking psychiatric drugs, can you trust your own feelings?

Critics’ Circle Award-winning playwright Lucy Prebble’s The Effect premiered in 2012, and will be performed at Modern Art Oxford by local company Ronin Theatre Productions, the only company in Oxford dedicated to performing modern plays.

The play tells the story of two volunteers – Connie and Tristan – in a clinical drug trial. As they take increasing doses of a new antidepressant, they start falling for one another. But how can they be sure that their feelings are real? And do the scientists monitoring them have their own motivations for the trial?

Director Alex Coke says: “The Effect is a fantastic play. As soon as people find out the basic premise, they’re hooked. It asks questions about depression, about the ethics of drug trials, and about what ‘love’ really is – whether it’s a romantic connection or just a chemical reaction in the brain. More than that, it’s a cracking story and we can’t wait to show Oxford what we’ve been working on.”

It’s estimated that 4 million people in England are long-term users of antidepressants. As mental health as an issue is increasingly in the public eye, and debates about how best to treat depression continue, The Effect is a timely show, sure to spark interest and debate with its audiences.

This is Oxford-based Ronin Theatre Production’s third show, after 2018’s debut Landscape with Weapon and sell-out success Collaborators.

Dates  Tuesday 26 March – Saturday 30 March 7.30pm

Venue  Modern Art Oxford, 30 Pembroke Street, Oxford, OX1 1BP

Tickets & booking  £12–£15 | 01865 263990 |

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