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A post-virus future where the survivors are young

Belfast based Replay Theatre Company launched its production Dancing at the Disco at the End of the World as part of the 2017 Belfast International Arts Festival.

Written by award-winning playwright John McCann, Dancing at the Disco at the End of the World was described as ‘part Lord of the Flies, part Animal Farm and part rave’, propelling audiences into a post virus future where the survivors are young but the rules are old: Don’t Question. Don’t Challenge. Don’t Dare.

During its two week run fat the Festival, audience members leaft their seats behind and joined the characters in a search for the truth, set in the unique and immersive backdrop of Riddel’s Warehouse in Belfast.

Speaking about the show, Replay Theatre's Artistic Director, Janice Kernoghan, said:

“The show asks what happens when the people in charge disappear and we’re left to our own devices?  What happens to our society then?  It feels very pertinent now when we look around at some of our world leaders and wonder if we could do a better job ourselves."

Dancing at the Disco at the end of the world by Replay TheatreDancing at the Disco at the end of the world by Replay Theatre - Credit Neil Harrison

This immersive play was the largest scale show Replay Theatre produced and was aimed at re-engaging their post primary audience, after being better known for their early years and PMLD audiences. The Space worked with the organisation to produce a suite of short films for online distribution, alongside Snapchat and Instagram stories and an audience Treasure Hunt.