A year and a half ago, local youth arts organisation, Tantrum commissioned Newcastle’s leading contemporary theatre-makers, Paper Cut, to take five of our emerging artists through the process of making a new work from scratch. The show, No One Cares About Your Cat, which opens tomorrow (Sept 16) is the result.
No One Cares About Your Cat explores the vast world of social media, examines how we choose to engage with new technologies, and tests how we feel about integrating them so deeply into our lives. It asks audience members to consider the effects of their use of social media in a range of situations that are based on the often charming real life experiences of the performers.
Thanks to a successful $10,000 crowd funding campaign, Newcastle’s leading youth theatre company, Tantrum Youth Arts, will tour the production to The Wharf in Sydney after the Newcastle season closes.
Underpinning the entire play is the idea of connection. No One Cares About Your Cat looks at how social media can both increase and decrease feelings of connection. To feel connected with others is a basic human need, which each of the five characters search out in different ways. Performer Jocelyne Lamarche argues in the show “It is not possible to hug someone over Facebook. You cannot ‘post’ physical touch,” while James Chapman and his character relish their online presence as an ideal gateway to the rest of the world: “I like people. I like connecting with strangers. I like learning from them.”
Wednesday 16th Sept – 8pm
Thursday 17th Sept – 11am & 8pm
Friday 18th Sept – 11am & 8pm
Saturday 19th Sept – 8pm
For more information visit the Civic Theatre Newcastle.