Viral is a story about Art and Zane, two boys who seek to attain internet ‘fame’ in order to become more popular at school and to make some money. It examines the role of social media and technology and how it impacts the way we record, communicate and think about events of racism, abuse and violence in our community. The show investigates the line between disassociation and raising awareness about such events.
Inspired by true events, Viral uses physical theatre, multiple rolesharing, verbatim, political theatre, AV and an evocative musical score and to create a visceral and dynamic theatrical experience.
Viral is an example of Shock Therapy Productions signature style of doing as much as possible with as little as possible.
As society attempts to keep up with the rapidly changing and thrilling new world of social media and viral videos, how do we define our social responsibilities?
Written & Directed by Hayden Jones and Sam Foster
Performers / Hayden Jones and Sam Foster
Lighting Design / Jason Glenwright
Sound Design / Guy Webster
AV Design / Nathan Sibthorpe
Dramaturgy / Veronica Neave
“Viral is a slick show, as you would expect in consideration of Shock Therapy’s previously acclaimed works”. Blue Curtains
“the works hangs on the excellence of Foster and Jones, and the vitality of their performances together make for the show’s most appealing aspect”. Blue Curtains
“The stellar performances are led by writers and directors Sam Foster and Hayden Jones … this production company is young, energetic and very talented”. Blank GC