Ac­tress is part of the crowd at fringe show

Macclesfield Express - - WHAT’S ON - DANIELLE ROPER

AFORMER King’s School pupil will per­form a play with a dif­fer­ence about lone­li­ness as part of a the­atre fes­ti­val.

Jen­nifer Camp­bell, 25, from Prest­bury, will stage the in­ter­ac­tive ‘I’m stand­ing next to you’ as part of the Greater Manch­ester Fringe fes­ti­val.

The play, which fea­tures just three char­ac­ters, ad­dresses the is­sue of lone­li­ness in modern city life and sees the ac­tors min­gle with the crowd to share their sto­ries.

The Manch­ester Univer­sity stu­dent, who set up The Mill The­atre Com­pany with the play’s co-director, Tom Hod­son, around three years ago, said: “The idea is that the au­di­ence and the ac­tors will form a crowd with­out the au­di­ence know­ing who the ac­tors are and the ac­tors will then emerge to share their sto­ries with them be­fore dis­ap­pear­ing back into the lonely crowd.

“We chose to do it this way so peo­ple will see the char­ac­ters as ev­ery­day peo­ple rather than ac­tors on a stage and will feel more con­nected to them.”

The themes in the play will in­clude in­ter­net dat­ing, the early stages of moth­er­hood, lone­li­ness in the work­place and our reliance on so­cial me­dia.

Char­ac­ters’ sto­ries will also ex­am­ine how the lines be­tween dig­i­tal and real life have be­come blurred.

Jen­nifer, a for­mer mem­ber of Mac­cles­field Ma­jes­tic The­atre Club and the Silk Opera, said: “Lone­li­ness is a grow­ing prob­lem due to the grow­ing use of so­cial me­dia and we be­gan to look at how its use has changed peo­ple’s lives.

“Peo­ple say we’re more con­nected than ever be­fore. We can con­tact peo­ple around the world in­stantly, like their photos on Face­book and com­ment on their lives, but we’re much less con­nected on a face-to-face ba­sis.

“You can be on pub­lic trans­port for ex­am­ple and no-one talks to each other any­more.”

The as­pir­ing geog­ra­phy teacher added: “We’d like the play to make peo­ple more aware that oth­ers are feel­ing lonely too and en­cour­age them to reach out to one another.”

There will be a free per­for­mance of the play on Thurs­day, June 30 at Manch­ester’s Whit­worth Art Gallery at 7pm.

It will then run from Satur­day, July 2 un­til July 16 at Twenty Twenty Two, 20 Dale St, Manch­ester.

Tick­ets are £5/£4 con­ces­sions and are avail­able through the fringe web­site at greater­manch­ester

Matt Rat­cliffe

●● Movie lover Laura Gen­ders is launch­ing Mac­cles­field’s first short film fes­ti­val

●● Jen­nifer Camp­bell, left, with fel­low ac­tors Lucy Hil­ton-Jones and Matthew Forey

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