I visited Redbridge Drama Centre to see #Haters, an Odd Eyes Theatre touring production written by Emilia Teglia about social media and how things can go wrong. With a chorus (Barbara Diana, Lola May, Jennie Jacobs) introducing the piece, giving it the air of a Greek tragedy, it is the story of two young men: a hipster-type hoping to open a new pub in Hackney, and a neighbour he bumps into on the fateful day of the bar’s opening. The story is told from both points of view, showing in a humorous way that you shouldn’t prejudge people and that everyone has their own story. Against a backdrop of social media buzz and backlash, the tale plays out to its tragic conclusion.
Greg Snowden and Josh Okusanya are superb as the protagonists, and the whole thing is thoroughly engaging. Definitely recommended.