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REPLAY: You Wanna Bita This Now?_February 2017

DONT READ THE COMMENTS written by Ben Brooker, starring Lucy Slattery & Elliot Howard

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You Wanna Bita This Now?_February 2017

DONT READ THE COMMENTS

Don’t be afraid. Don’t be scared. It won’t hurt you. It’s a play…   

The internet is an angry place. They say you shouldn’t read the comments. But what if you do? All of them? And what if they’re about climate change? And theatre? Just how bad can things get in the post-truth age when ideology runs rampant and anonymous madmen (some women, but mostly men) burn and rave from behind their keyboards? 

DON'T READ THE COMMENTS is an indictment, a battle royal, and a party for one. Anything can happen when the trolls come out to play.   In 2014, playwright David Finnigan was commissioned by Canberra’s Aspen Island Theatre to create a play about climate change. The result was Kill Climate Deniers, a multi-platform work combining theatre, music, and live performance that pissed off a lot of people – including Andrew Bolt and politician Brendan Smyth. 

DON’T READ THE COMMENTS picks up where Finnigan’s play left off, presenting an unexpurgated performance of the comments submitted to Guardian writer Kate Hennessy’s 2016 article about the play. Conceived and directed by Adelaide playwright Ben Brooker, and featuring Elliot Howard and Lucy Slattery, this work-in-development showing comes at a time when Australia’s climate and energy debate seems more heated than ever before.

Ben Brooker
Writer. Editor. 

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Lucy Slattery

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Elliot Howard
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