Theatre 503 continues to be a powerhouse of new writing with a particular emphasis on early-stage playwrights. The latest debut comes from Matthew Gabrielli and tells of Sophie and Jamie who have just been cancelled because a selfie they took saw them being accused of mocking a deceased child. Jon Ronson’s brilliant So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed explored this territory and it should be fertile theatrical ground for a play exploring why we find it so hard to agree to disagree and what happens when there is a pile on by internet trolls at the first sign of misstep. Can Sophie and Jamie’s friendship survive and what will happen when the online world and reality get too close for comfort?
Sophie and Jamie have just been cancelled, a misplaced selfie has gone viral, and the pair have been accused of mocking a dead child. But their troubles are only just beginning as the real and digital world collide their lives and friendship are ripped apart by algorithms, online mobs and an obsessive troll called Mr Punch. Zombiegate is a witty & empathetic debut play which attempts to get behind the headlines and hashtags of internet trolls, scrutinising mob mentality, myths around cancel culture and asks us to empathise with people we find it hard to agree with. Zombiegate was a winner of Theatre Royal Haymarket’s Masterclass Pitch Your Play 2018. Age Recommendation: 14+ This show contains themes that some audience members may find distressing.