In this new production from the National Youth Theatre, the audience are the jury and Mark Zuckerberg is on trial. As the show began I approached it with caution. Would the audience participation get tired and would this become a preachy treatise on teen social media use? I needn’t have worried. The NYT have pulled off an incredible feat, effectively condensing Zuboff’s tome on Surveillance Capitalism into a highly entertaining hour-long show that will appeal to old and young alike.
In creating the piece, writer Tatty Hennessy led a workshop with 30 digital natives talking about their experiences and concerns around social media. Consequently, the play touches on ‘incels’ deep fakes, the ‘compare and despair’ phenomenon, as well as political corruption.