The Northern Comedy Theatre present a chilling and blackly comic tale of manipulation and adolescent insecurity.
In a quiet corner of the internet, a group of disillusioned strangers spends its time deconstructing children's literature and the hidden messages in pop music. But when a new member joins, the conversation takes a much darker and sinister turn.
Enda Walsh's CHATROOM is the blackest of comedies and genuinely bleak at times but is a powerful depiction of modern-day isolation and the dangerous power of technology.
William - TOM HARDIE
Jack - SCOTT LEVI
Eva - CAITLIN HAMILTON
Emily - INDIA GIBBINS
Jim - BEN KNOWLES
Laura - GABRIELLE RICHARDSON
WRITTEN BY ENDA WALSH
DIRECTED BY SHAUN CHAMBERS
The pandemic has hit our industry very hard and I was saddened to hear about many young actors at the very outset of their careers being put off and even being told to retrain by a very ill-conceived government advertising campaign. This, coupled with the increase in mental health issues in our young people, has been - for me - one of the most worrying effects of the pandemic.
Here at Northern Comedy, we have had some real success in moving our work online and have made the best of a bad situation and feel the time is right to showcase some of the young talent that is out there. Enda Walsh’s CHATROOM is a great vehicle for young actors and is just as relevant now as when it was written back in 2005. Yes, it may deal with some gritty issues, but we feel that comedy usually comes from a very serious place. We dedicate these performances to young actors everywhere and hope they will keep the faith.