Fanboy

Brand new work-in-progress showing from Worklight Theatre's Joe Sellman-Leava, catch it before it heads to VAULT Festival and Edinburgh Fringe

23rd Jan 2020
9.30pm | Pay What You Decide

Joe has always been a nerd. As a kid he was unaware of it. As a teenager he hid it. As a twenty-something he owned it. But as Joe turned 30, two things occurred to him. Firstly, humanity had been given 12 years to save the world from climate chaos, and what was Joe doing? Playing games and watching films, that’s what. Secondly, he’d always looked to his fandoms for a sense of community when he felt isolated. But, as he looked closer, it seemed like those communities had become perpetrators of the very things they once protected him from. It’s like Buzz Lightyear always said: “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain…” Wait, did he?

Fanboy is a love letter to the things we adore absolutely, unconditionally and obsessively. It also asks questions about the nature of fandom. Is our nostalgic relationship with pop-culture preventing us from engaging with the present? Are we celebrating the wrong people? And – when Donald Trump claims he could shoot someone and not lose voters – just how far will fans go for their idols?

Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)
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