Scottish Premier:

The Effect

by Lucy Prebble (Spring 2015)

The Effect flyer

All the symptoms of real love

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?

An astonishingly rich and rewarding play, as intelligent as it is deeply felt.” ***** Daily Telegraph


“Compelling…lucid…riveting…superb” The Guardian


“Impressive…outstanding performances” The Scotsman


“Dynamic staging and energetic performances…thoroughly entertaining and beautifully balanced” TV Bomb