Combining physical theatre with verbatim material, Friend Request draws on real life stories of the victims of cyberbullying. It invites audiences to look through the eyes of the victim, the bullies and all those who stood by and let it happen. A collaboration with Flux Liverpool Arts Festival (supported by LARC), this show was developed during workshops with young adults and made possible through financial support from IdeasTap.
We were commissioned by the festival to run ‘Cyberbullying Awareness Week’, in which we worked with youth groups across Merseyside to explore the causes and consequences of cyberbullying. The young people examined real-world sources, discussed the issue and developed scenes/short performances. Much of the material in this show was generated during these workshops.