Gold Coast artists Shock Therapy are participating in a homecoming this March when they return to HOTA for a season of VIRAL, a play they created on and inspired by the Gold Coast, which went on to perform across Australian and win multiple awards.
The play investigates the social responsibilities and reactions the general public has when violence erupts in the community. Is it better to intervene, call for help, stay away, or record the incident?
Starring and written by Sam Foster and Hayden Jones, Viral was inspired by activity on the Gold Coast in 2015. During the development, Hayden and Sam engaged with various demographics and cultural groups on the Gold Coast to hear a diverse cross-section of perspectives concerning the themes and issues in the play.
The work went on to debut at HOTA, then known as the Arts Centre Gold Coast, in September 2016, before being nominated for 4 different Matilda Awards and winning Best Independent Production.
Moving from success to success, the play was published by Australian publishing house Playlab, and tours have been in high demand from schools and the education sector.
Shock Therapy were the recipients of Accelerated Triennial Funding by City of Gold Coast in 2015, and their funding was renewed again in 2018 to support the high demand for their works across Australian and the globe.
Working across theatre, film and live events, Shock Therapy has established itself as a leading company in the delivery of high quality multidisciplinary performance.
VIRAL is on at HOTA for a limited season before embarking on a state-wide tour. Catch it on Tue 23 Mar, 11am and 7.30pm in Theatre 1 at HOTA, Home of the Arts. More info at hota.com.au.