Jesikah to set the stage alight

SOCIAL MEDIA CRAZE: Actresses Elizabeth Hay and Kate Cheel will be performing at Middleback Theatre on Wednesday, May 14The internet and social media have become two powerful mediums in society.
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Their un-denying cultural influence and dependence have enveloped our youth, to nearly unhealthy obsessions.

A new Australian comedy by award-winning playwright Phillip Kavanagh about a schoolgirl who develops an unhealthy obsession with YouTube fame Jesikah takes a witty and scathing look at what has become our fame-obsessed culture.

Jesikah follows the rise and fall of its eponymous character.

As her online notoriety burgeons, Jesikah’s real life starts to become alarmingly unstitched.

Upcoming Adelaide based actor Kate Cheel portrays Jesikah and said the show was all about showing the audience the dangers of social media.

Cheel said she expected the play to become a major drawing card in regional South Australia, in particular Whyalla and hoped it resonated with the city’s youth.

“Being in high school is hard – the internal and external pressures placed upon you by your parents, friends, school can all seem too much at times,” she said.

“I guess the story line is about a high school girl who is just like every normal teenage girl but she has a series of disappointments which can be classed as normal teenage disappointments,” Cheel said.

“From getting bad grades, getting bullied at school, not getting what she wants and she goes through these typical struggles.

“As she’s going through she starts her on Youtube channel and it starts getting a lot of views which starts kicking off her confidence.”

Country Arts SA chief executive officer Steve Saffell said people who were glued to their smartphones or people who believed social media was rubbish would find Jesikah “fascinating”.

“We’re privileged to have this new work premiere in regional South Australia and we hope to see more locally produced theatre come through regional South Australia,” he said.

South Australia Power Networks [Country Arts SA principal partner] chief executive officer Rob Stobbe said Jeskiah was “timely”.

“We live in an age where some people can live their whole life online,” he said.

“This witty new play can help us all – no matter how young or old – to understand what it is like to live in a digital world.”

Jesikah will be performed at Middleback Theatre on Wednesday, May 14 at 10.30am, with a question and answer session being held after the show.

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