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Chatroom (No Prophet Theatre Company)

By | Published on Wednesday 6 August 2014

Much like the internet itself, ‘Chatroom’ gently draws you in with some innocuous, amusing banter about Roald Dahl and Britney Spears, before revealing the dark, nasty stuff. This powerful play depicts a series of conversations between teenagers in an anonymous online chatroom, focusing on ‘Jim’, who is teetering on the brink of suicide, and the malicious ‘William’ and ‘Eva’, who do their damnedest to push him over. All of the performers were great, especially James Lewis as Jim: his breakdown on stage was harrowing and intense. The only real problem with the play is that despite being ably performed, the antagonists lacked depth or motivation, a surprising oversight given the otherwise authentic exploration of the adolescent psyche.

C nova, until 25 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Andrew Leask]