‘Every corner we turn we are bombarded by ideals, but what is the real ideal, the real deal?’ Hooked Theatre explore the world of social media and the effects it has on some young women in the modern day with a warped sense of beauty and life ideals. A highly relatable ‘I feel really lost without wifi’ blurs through the speakers as we hear a montage of old and young voices discussing life in the age of social media – a world plagued with last nights club photos, ‘stunting’ (a word used to describe a person who is showing off or trying to get attention by performing an elaborate act or stunt and being someone they aren't) and horrendous tinder chat up lines.
Brooke Jones and Holly Kellingray are relaxed and confident, especially during their snappy dialogue spoken in unison. Using only a stage box and a projection phone screen, the two briefly run through the history of the internet with intriguing and terrifying facts, (who knew more people owned a phone than a toothbrush?) and quick lessons in how to take the perfect selfie. The performers utilise Moors Bar well by showing a quick snapshot of a ‘messy’ night out as they take snaps with the audience and drink shots off the bar.
The naturalistic storyline of sisters Piper and Polly feels out of place when juxtaposed with the high energy and laugh out loud sketches. With the unnecessarily harsh Polly and sugary-sweet Piper, one is unsure whether specific characters are even needed when the sketches are so enjoyable on their own. The spoken word elements within the piece are the strongest, with both hilarious and hard hitting verses discussing sensitive topics. After the piece, the actors briefly discuss the importance of the ‘Ask Angela’ scheme, in which one can ask a bar member to help in awkward and frightening situations by simply asking for ‘Angela’ at the bar. (More info on that can be found here: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37855009) – Faye Butler