Top 5 shows about social media at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013
Featuring David Schneider, Lee Kern, Timeline and Caught In The Net
This article is from 2013.
The question of the internet affecting people negatively isn’t a new one, but it’s one David Schneider looks to tackle head on. Attempting to justify his wasted hours on social networking sites, he looks at his map of Twitter, from dull tweets to Beliebers, trolls to parody accounts and Stephen Fry. Whether or not they can be justified is to be seen, but he’ll give it a fair go.
The Assembly Rooms, 693 3008, 19 Aug, 12.30pm, £10.
As creator of Channel 4’s Celebrity Bedlam, Kern is no stranger to mocking celebrities. His new show takes this in a new direction, targeting Twitter as his source. Aiming to invade the cliques in which these celebrities run in with his quick wit, this is a show for anyone who has an interest in Twitter, or anyone who thinks it’s a pile of nonsense. So, basically anyone.
Gilded Balloon, 622 6552, 31 Jul–2 Aug (not 12), 8.15pm, £9–£9.50 (£5 previews).
The fun side of Twitter is easy enough to see, but there is a fine line between what gets a laugh and what gets a law suit. Hosting an event to clear this up from a legal perspective, bto Solicitors bring in law expert Paul Motion to give a clearer idea of what is okay and what, in their words, gets 'you directly to jail without passing Go'.
Fringe Central , 226 0000, 20 Aug, 10.30am, free.
A piece of comic theatre with a simple twist, TwoBox Productions brings a show based on actual interactions between young people on social media platforms. The company look to capture emotion in a genuine way, with exam stress, love, friendship and genuine stories at the core, everything performed is taken from real life events as shown discussed online.
Greenside, 226 0000, 2–24 August (not 11, 18), 6.30pm, £8.50.
Winner of the 2013 ESET Cybersmart Awards, Caught In The Net is a theatre production surrounding safety online, for both young and old. With social media being integral to many issues of privacy, identity theft and fraudulent social networking, the production is set to show people what really goes on behind the web by exploring these ideas.
Edinburgh Academy, 226 0000, 5pm, £10 (£8).