Social media is everywhere – there’s no escaping it. We have crafted our lives around the likes of Facebook and Twitter to the extent that we can’t live without it. You Tweet My Face Space by Boots and Cats Productions makes this point very real as main character David debates whether or not to delete his Facebook account.
The serious issue behind the play is told through Tom Hartwell’s superb comedic writing, as Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat are brought to life by the performers. At the centre of it all, David faces the consequences of a drunken night out, as a picture on Facebook potentially ruins his relationship with girlfriend Charlotte.
It took me a minute to realise that Instagram was a character in this show and not simply “the girl from the club”. From then on things fell into place, as separate personalities shone though: Facebook becomes the clingy best friend and Snapchat darts energetically back and forth across the stage. This aspect of the play really makes it stand. Their exaggerated personas make David’s situation more familiar, as they continuously distract him from finishing his work.
Despite how chaotic things get, nothing ever feels crowded, and the play as a whole is very polished and well performed. I loved the fact that certain scenes are lit by the flashlight on a mobile phone; the overall creativity of You Tweet… makes it fun to watch. With a big cast, I was worried I wouldn’t see enough of certain characters, but as things escalated there was a chance for each performer to bring forward their quirky traits.
Although the show might not be for everyone, it’s definitely a performance the Internet generation can relate to. This was a play I thoroughly enjoyed, and it made me think twice as I left, automatically reaching to turn on my phone. It explores the fact that – although these websites and apps can tell you when it’s your friends birthday or what you missed last Friday night – we’ll begin to isolate ourselves from those actually around us. Both thought-provoking and very relevant to modern life.