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Theatre

Viral

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

Viral culture has taken over how we communicate, interact, share and present ourselves.

By definition, something that is “viral” spreads copies of itself or mutates other objects to become more like itself.  The play examines the role of social media and technology and how it impacts the way we record, communicate and think about incidents of racism, abuse and violence in our community.

It investigates the line between disassociation and raising awareness about such events, asking the question “is it better to record these activities and post it on the Internet or step in and stop it from occurring in the first place”? Viral fuses physical theatre, verbatim style text, AV projections and political theatre as it looks at the role of the “bystander” in the modern age and the effects of living in an overly litigious society where everyone has access to a recording device that can broadcast every interaction to the entire World. Viral also explores desensitization, responsibility and the role of social media.

Viral is an example of Shock Therapy Productions signature style of doing as much as possible with as little as possible.

Viral was inspired by true events.

2016 Matilda Award for Best Independent Production
Produced Internationally by Akershus Teater, Norway
Published by Playlab

Reviews

Viral is a slick show, as you would expect in consideration of Shock Therapy’s previous, acclaimed works. It features a cracking soundtrack and vibrant sound and lighting design courtesy of Guy Webster and Jason Glenwright. Nathan Sibthorpe’s AV Design also serves the show well, particularly in delivery of a slam poetry masterclass on social change from Luka Lesson.

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More Info

Shock Therapy Productions was founded in 2015 by Sam Foster and Hayden Jones and has quickly established itself as one of the leading performing arts companies based on the Gold Coast. In 2015, Shock Therapy was awarded Accelerated Triennial Funding by City of Gold Coast for operational costs and to assist in the growth of the company.

Shock Therapy Productions aims to tell stories that are meaningful, thought-provoking, dynamic and entertaining, celebrating both the confronting and cathartic nature of performance. Working across theatre, film and live events, Shock Therapy Productions aims to establish itself as a leading company in the delivery of high quality, relevant, multidisciplinary performance and a leader in the Arts and Culture Sector on the Gold Coast as well as Nationally and Internationally.

The company has produced several works, including a number of original productions, won 4 Matilda Awards, performed at venues and Arts Festivals in both Australia and Internationally and is proudly sponsored by the City of Gold Coast Council.

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