On a parents' WhatsApp group, an innocent question about a class teacher leads to unsettling revelations. Told entirely over WhatsApp, audiences are invited to look on as the group conversation unravels in real time. Stay Safe is the company's latest innovative drama playing with form, following their live Zoom of Lars von Trier's office comedy The Boss of It All with Josie Lawrence, 10-part podcast series PlacePrints by David Rudkin, and Love From Cleethorpes, a drama told through a series of six postcards which has recently been 'toured' to 25 countries worldwide and will return for Christmas.
A WhatsApp group is a modern-day campfire. A place to gather, gossip, myth-make and share stories. For many parents it's a safe space to feel connected to their children's school. But is anything really safe anymore?
Artistic Director Jack McNamara said ""Having successfully delivered Love From Cleethorpes - our first play via postcard - I became fascinated with the possibilities of WhatsApp as a dramatic medium. Like a postcard it is both private and public; a strange forum in which people project a version of themselves in an apparently safer space than the open sea of social media. To experience a WhatsApp group in action is to experience a very active drama unfold in front of you; the timing, the typos, the tension. As soon as Signal Fires approached us about joining their nationwide festival I knew that WhatsApp would be our fire."
On the day of the performance audiences will be invited to join a WhatsApp group. Messages will start at the performance time booked. Audiences will be advised on how to hide their number from the WhatsApp group, and the group and all numbers will be deleted 24hrs later.
Stay Safe is part of Signal Fires a nationwide project inspired by one of the original forms of theatre - storytelling around the fire. More in the project here
New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.
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