Friendships can often feel like complicated affairs. A small spark can erupt into a wildfire if the grapevine is vicious enough, while an innocent remark could spiral into a deep-seated betrayal. What’s a girl to do in a treacherous world like this?
Tackling issues of cyberbullying, mental health and group dynamics, Singapore Repertory Theatre’s (SRT) graduating The Young Company (TYC) batch presents Evan Placey’s Girls Like That as its graduation showcase this December. After a photo of Scarlett goes viral, rumours spread like wildfire as her “friends” retweet and repost, threatening her reputation and turning the friendship toxic. They grew up together, but is one bad photo enough to turn them on one of their own?
An urgent and explosive play that explores the toxicity of social media, Girls Like That shines a spotlight on “cancel culture” and how young friendships can conform to herd mentality in a search for identity and belonging, making for an important play about social media, navigating relationships and mental health.
“It will make our audience, think, debate, and question our own responsibilities and whether when faced with inequality, do we choose collective responsibility or inaction. Plus, it’s a rare opportunity to see an all-female cast in a powerful, entertaining and dynamic ensemble piece of theatre,” says Daniel Jenkins, TYC Programme Manager and Director of the play.
Girls Like That was first commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and West Yorkshire (now Leeds) Playhouse and performed by their youth theatre companies in 2013.
Girls Like That plays from 16th to 19th December 2021 at KC Arts Centre. Tickets available here