Emily Head's psychological thriller The System to stream on demand this autumn

TheSystem - performed and written by Emily Head (photo Michael Wharley)

Emily Head’s The System is to be made available to stream on demand this autumn.

Written and performed by Emily Head, the sharp psychological thriller was filmed live on stage at the New Wolsey Theatre in a single camera take.


Following its online world premiere on 27 August, Original Theatre Company will present the production to audiences at home on demand from 8 September to 5 December 2021. Tickets (£15) and more information are available here:

Emily Head (The Inbetweeners, Emmerdale, The Syndicate) plays all the characters in the intriguing production which is directed by Guy Unsworth with camera work by Ben Eeley and design by David Woodhead.

‘He’s dead. He died. Now he’s a dead person. He no longer lives.’ Paul’s dead. And no one seems to care. Murdered at his own birthday party. In this incisive drama, the audience is invited into the interrogation room with the murder suspects. As, one by one, the murder suspects give their accounts of that night, a dark truth begins to reveal itself. A truth so powerful it could change everything… and everyone.

It was filmed in the longest steadi-cam shot ever attempted in a theatre live broadcast, in an exciting feat of endurance, skill and synchronicity between the camera and performer.

Speaking previously of the livestream, Emily Head said: “As both a writer and performer, the world of digital theatre is really fresh and exciting. What Guy Unsworth and the Original Theatre Company have done to take this production to the next level of an ‘at home theatre experience’ is extraordinary.”

Guy Unsworth, Director, added: “Emily‘s impressive career spans both stage and screen, so it is both fitting and exciting to bring her writing debut to life in a combined theatre-film format.”

Alastair Whatley, Artistic Director of Original Theatre Company, commented: “THE SYSTEM is a fantastic new play which is being made in a unique, daring and high-risk way and I’m delighted we can now share it with audiences on demand this Autumn.”

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