As light-hearted as it is dark and at times disturbing, the storyline is as much about the state of science as it is a comment on our culture and our roles within that. This play is like chasing a rabbit down a hole only to find out it was your own reflection all along. Brilliantly written the experience navigates between the audience’s reality and that of the characters, with healthy doses of suspense mixed with an absurdist sense of humour.
The story starts with half-blind paraplegic and a possible psychopath who share a cell. There’s no indication of why they are there until a third person arrives. The dynamics of the characters shift and evolve as they learn more about one another, yet their interplay is made eerie from their lack of awareness of their imprisonment. As circumstances crumble around them, the trio clings to existing customs, never questioning their fate. Their blind faith in a system that exists only to destroy them is underscored by their conditioning to the environment. A microcosm of real life, Category E hits a nerve with a raw and unflinching glimpse into how scientific discovery is often built on a foundation of moral and ethical delusions.