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Scottish premiere showcases social behaviours spawned by internet culture.

By Lindsay Corr - Posted on 20 January 2016

In Love and Warcraft by Beam Theatre

Beam Theatre – one of Edinburgh’s newest companies who focus on collaboration to produce high-quality theatre in a non-professional capacity – present the Scottish premiere of a skewed view of sex and social decorum with a production that toys with life on and off-screen.

In Love and Warcraft is a new play by Madhuri Shekar, who saw a gap in the canon for live theatre for the Z Generation. Winner of the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition in 2014, Shekar creates an appealing and snappy rom-com that explores the increasingly blurred line between our online personas and the real world, as Beam’s director Andra Roston comments:

“The World of Warcraft really acts as a backdrop for a larger examination of the nature of modern day relationships and sexuality. It’s a really well written, well observed and fast paced comic drama with themes everyone can relate to.”

We follow the story of Evie Malone - gamer girl, college senior and confirmed virgin – who thinks she has it all figured out.

Not only does she command a top-ranked guild in Warcraft with her online “boyfriend”, she makes money writing love letters and social posts for people who've screwed up their relationships.

Love is like Warcraft, after all. It's all about strategies, game plans, and not taking stupid risks. But when Evie meets Raul, IRL (In Real Life), he may just be the trickiest Boss she’s ever faced, pulling her away from the safety of her laptop and into a new world where she’s a complete Noob.

Sarah-Louise Cairney, who plays the title protagonist, states:

“It’s essentially a coming-of-age play for the generation where every move you make can be tracked digitally. It’s very funny but also cleverly explores the pressure on young people today in the fast-paced, modern world of social and all that brings with it when you are at the stage in your life of working out who and what you want to be.”

“It’s been a fantastic show to be a part of because it’s very modern with the language and delivery, creating a piece that both people who love theatre will enjoy, but also hopefully introduce a new world of potential audience members that have maybe never considered the theatre before.”

In Love and Warcraft is on at Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh from Thursday 4 to Saturday 6 February.
7.30pm, Tickets £8 (£5)