Review: Public Domain – Vaudaville Theatre – 27th – 30th May 2021

Vaudeville Theatre, London, UK. 27.05.2021. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

This show was the first “in-person” post-lockdown show I have seen in over a year in a “real” theatre setting since the pandemic started, so to say that the anticipation and excitement was high, is an understatement!

Also, I had to be an amazing sounding show to entice me back into the theatre, and this show was tipped as the musical theatre version to the Netflix film – Social Dilemma – all about social media, those who make content, consume content as well as those who own the platforms.

After a successful digital debut at Southwark Playhouse this new British musical is composed entirely from the real-life words of YouTube vloggers, Instagram influencers, Facebook’s tech giants, and everyday internet users, even Donald Trump’s war on Tiktok is included!

Vaudeville Theatre, London, UK. 27.05.2021. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

Synopsis

Written and performed by the hugely talented Francesca Forristal (Oddball) and Jordan Paul Clarke (Showstopper! The Improvised Musical), this blackly comic musical follows two teenage influencers; Millie (sporty spice, health guru, buddha bowls – millennial) and Z (GCSEs existential dread, swag – generation Z), as well as featuring exclusive ‘footage’ of inside Mark Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan’s family home…

You’re gonna get their honest, true selves… with some serious bass, obvs. Authentic, right?

Remember, it’s like ‘Black Mirror’ but real and set to music.

Vaudeville Theatre, London, UK. 27.05.2021. Photograph © Jane Hobson.
Public Domain Trailer – Vaudeville Theatre

My Thoughts

What can I say? As a blogger, avid YouTube watcher and aspiring Vlogger, I have to say that this show is SPOT ON!

It touches upon the many topics related to being a content creator, from the initial excitement of creating content, building a community and adjusting to the online popularity, but also the insecurities, struggles to keep current and keep an audience entertained & happy all the way to burn out and anxiety.

It’s told in a fantastically entertaining way, all in song with hilarious lyrics and amazing audio-visuals which, although the 2 actors are totally capable of holding the show together on their own, the digital visuals really does add another element, pushing forth the ‘online’ aspect and keeping it all in context with the subject matter.

Vaudeville Theatre, London, UK. 27.05.2021. Photograph © Jane Hobson.

The actors also portray additional characters which had me and the audience in fits of laughter, and although the show is fun and highly engaging, it still manages to deal with the more serious issues surrounding topics, like privacy, data protection, fake news and social media employee issues – particularly regarding Facebook and Tiktok.

A must see show for all who love social media, good songs and a great musical!

Just excellent – a great show to see post-lockdown.

Click here for more information and tickets.

Enjoy!

Chanel x

Chanel Williams

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