Delving into an online world via Dorothy cam

Projection, puppetry and a shape-shifting set help bring to life the claustrophobic world of Streaming at The Spring.
Projection, puppetry and a shape-shifting set help bring to life the claustrophobic world of Streaming at The Spring.
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There is no place like home – literally – in Streaming, a new play by Pipeline Theatre.

It comes to the Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant at 7.30pm on Wednesday after a successful run in London.

The show gained praise for its script and innovative shape-shifting set and surround sound design.

Alan Munden is one of the company’s designers and was involved in the play from its conception.

He says: ‘The genesis of the play began with us saying that one of our actors looked like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, so we thought maybe we could do something with that.

‘Jon, our director, was looking for ideas of what home is and what happens when he loses home.’

These themes are central to the play’s plot. Rosa, a 15-year-old teenager, has to move into cheap rented accommodation with her father after he loses his job and her mother dies.

Her father descends into alcoholism, so Rosa seeks solace in the friendship of her reclusive female neighbour, whose home-grown webcam business earns her £3.50 a minute, 20 times a night.

‘Rosa tries to deal with her father’s decline by delving into this fake online world as a specialist Dorothy cam girl,’ says Alan.

The show deals unflinchingly with issues in contemporary life, such as sexual objectification and paternal failure.

Writer and director Jon Welch says: ‘To see someone as an object involves removing their humanity. Women have to endure this process – some rise above it, some exploit it. But with the internet it’s becoming an unspoken epidemic. Despite being a man, maybe because of it, I wanted to write something that shows the cost of this.’

Streaming has a recommended age guide of 16 years or older, or 14 years if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets £11.25-£12.50, to book visit thespring.co.uk