Viral: The power of social media under a microscope
The power of social media was no more evident than last week when Facebook turned off the tap for all news sources and links in Australia.
But its hold over young people and their desire for internet fame is influencing how many live their lives.
Mackay audiences will next month be treated to an award-winning theatre show examining the impact social media has on young people's lives.
Shock Therapy's Viralis a story about two boys who seek internet 'fame' to become more popular at school.
The boys create a YouTube account and begin sharing questionable content to generate engagement on social media.
Inspired by true events here in Australia, this thought-provoking production will leave audiences considering broader societal changes facing all of us.
MECC manager Andrew Bobeldyk said the relevance of the production was proving popular with schools.
"We already have had four schools making a reservation to bring students along to watch," he said.
When asked about the creation of Viral, directors and performers Hayden Jones and Sam Foster said they engaged with various demographics and cultural groups hear a diverse cross-section of perspectives concerning the themes and issues in the play.
"This process along with our own research raised many interesting ethical and moral questions about the role of technology, the internet and the media," they said.
"We wanted to create a show that raised these themes and issues in an interesting and thought-provoking way by combining episodic action that is held together by a strong narrative."
Mackay thespians will have the opportunity to work with Jones and Foster during a free two-day residency at the MECC.
"This residency is free for all interested community members. Those who register will have the opportunity to workshop with Hayden and Sam in a range of areas, including physical theatre, play building, comedy and writing," Mr Bobeldyk said.
Viral by Shock Therapy Productions
Wednesday March 3 2021, 10.30am
Shock Therapy Production Free Two-Day Residency
March 4-5 2021
MECC Lynette Denny Space
Registrations: Email Telina.James@mackay.qld.gov.au