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CYBERBILEby Alana Valentine
Commissioned by PLC Croydon, a Sydney high school, Cyberbile is a play about cyberbullying based on interviews with students from the school, their parents, teachers and professional counsellors. Working in collaboration with teachers at PLC Croydon, Cyberbile features a series of verbatim-based monologues chronicling the diversity of opinions and experience based around this provocative subject.
Running through the play is a moving narrative of Oriana Matthews, who joins a school scheme to look at cyberbullying but ends up getting caught up in a web of abuse and suspicion. Using a theatrical metaphor around matadors and their bull-defying tactics the narrative of the play chronicles the unexpected results of a bullying attack. Is Oriana's best friend the one who has been bullying her? How will Oriana deal with the problem? Is the alarm around cyberbullying justified or is it all just an opportunity for more helicopter parenting interference?
Cyberbile is a timely, provocative and surprisingly funny insight into contemporary teenagers experience of growing up in the glare of a glowing computer screen and a venom laden cursor. It's a candid, moving and sometimes shocking glimpse into the online world of today's teen generation which speaks from and to the hearts of a Australia's young adults.
This is is a play for any parent who is worried about their child's relationship to the online community or any young person who wants to understand how to survive the bullying that technology can uniquely unleash.
|Casting notes||all roles can be played by either gender|
|Cast age||16 to 18|
|Audience age||teen, young adult, adult|
|Publisher||Australian Script Centre|
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AWGIE for Community Theatre (2012 nominee)