We haven't evolved over the last 400 years, except that we now have powerful tools for judging and shaming people in our pockets. In times of upheaval we demonise sections of society that are 'other'. Lives are destroyed by public shaming. We live in the age of trial-by-Tweet. Pithy public hangings.
Many of us are addicts to the suffering of others. We seem to enjoy being oppressed almost as much as we enjoy watching someone get punished for disobeying.
This new play from Brighton Arts Lab (the edge-dwellers that brought you The Brexorcist and Operation Mindf**k) is based on the transcription of a public confrontation, streamed live on Facebook, as source material. The script is a verbatim reproduction of what was said and done by the people involved. The result is a fearless interrogation of an interrogation.
When Julie met John asks much needed questions concerning the legal and moral responsibility of our online selves and it re-humanises the 'other' to examine new power relations. The play takes a close look at the darkness of human nature and, as you might imagine, that’s quite funny.
The show contains most swear words, and graphic descriptions of intentional wounding.
Brighton SpiegeltentSunday 19th May 2019 21:30
A fire, a fire is burning
I hear the boots of lucifer
I see his filthy face
And it is my face and yours
John Proctor - from The Crucible by Arthur Miller