Produced by ARC Stockton
Directed by Dick Bonham
29th - 30th April 2016
On my way to the Unity Theatre to watch this play I was suffering from
post-bad flu syndrome - definitely not man flu! - combined with breathing
in the rank bad air pollution, caused by the vast multitude of cars all
belching out noxious fumes, so I could fully empathise with the themes
of Going Viral.
A disease is plaguing the world, it's highly infectious, it's a never
before known pathogen and people who contract it are reduced to constantly
weeping. Perhaps the weeping is symbolic of the pitiful and heartrending
state of the environment.
in Daniel Bye's one-man performance he converses in a friendly way with
the audience, talking, for example, about the reasons why infections occur,
about the facts and figures relating to the spread of viruses, almost
akin to an Open University lecture on the BBC, but much more absorbing.
It has been described as a 'performance lecture, which I concur with.
It is a tribute to Bye that he has written a piece about the parlous
state of the environment for the theatre, which you seldom come across.