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Online Theatre Bubble

Groundbreaking global theatrical event goes online on April 23

“I WAS THERE, you know, when we shut your places down. Gender studies, social studies, the strongholds of your politically correct bullshit worldview, we shut them down. And I was there and the news cameras were there and the whole world was watching.”

That's one of the incendiary statements by a student performer in award-winning playwright Kieran Hurley’s new play Bubble, set entirely on Facebook. The play tracks the unexpected snowball of online events following the moment a male lecturer calls a female student a slut.

It’s a digital project which will be available for viewing on the Theatre Uncut website at 8pm on April 23, followed by a post-show discussion.

“Bubble is one of the most provocative, dynamic and smart plays we have read for a long time,” say Theatre Uncut’s artistic directors Emma Callander and Hannah Price.

“Set entirely on Facebook and written in text and emoji, it explores the disconnect between online persona and true personality, the fractured nature of online debate and how events can snowball in unexpected ways. We are excited to see what groups around the world make of the play.”

Bubble is a simultaneous global theatrical event, connecting live and online audiences across borders to discuss freedom of speech in the university community and the nature of online debate. Ten international student performers have been brought together from Britain and Spain to create the online film of the 45-minute play.

It has been created with six universities in Britain, Spain Portugal and Denmark, with actors from each playing roles in the film. The cast members never met in person, instead rehearsing over Skype and filming on their cameras.

Theatre Uncut have been developing its unique model of global release over the last eight years, with to date over 6,500 people performing its plays in 26 countries across four continents. The Bubble project is supported by The Space, which helps artists and organisations create works and reach new audiences digitally.

To access Bubble on April 23, visit theatreuncut.com/watch. For more information, contact Laura Horton on laura@laurahortonpr.com

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