GONZO – Malthouse Theatre

Juliet Sulejmani | September 30, 2016

These days, as long as you have an internet connection, everything that exists in the world is right at your fingertips – whether you’re ready for what you’ll find or not.

Gonzo, a theatre show directed by Clare Watson, brings forward a discussion about a very popular internet search: porn. The show looks into all the aspects of porn online, with a focus specifically on how it affects teenage boys and how they are engaging with it.

Because of the sensitivity and lack of discourse around this topic, there is a lack of education in place to help these curious teenagers understand this digital world they’re living in.

The performance in Gonzo also makes it clear to the audience that most teens are informed enough to be aware of what they are doing and are able to ask the right questions concerning their behaviour.

Extensive research was conducted in the form of interviews, surveys and focus groups with over 700 teen boys participating, to find out what they know about the porn industry. All the information has been transformed into a humorous, witty and clever performance by four performers; Sol Rumble, Ari Long, Sam Salem and Jack Palit.

The show has been made to feel really relaxed and like the boys are not acting but just having a chat with each other onstage. In their chats they cover topics from working life as a teenager, to how to eat bananas properly, to Kim Kardashian’s sex tape, to how there are “heaps of Vegan’s walking around these days”, to how weird it is that animals always walk around naked, and how weird hairless cats are, but are the perfect pet for people who are allergic to cats while continuously coming back to porn and their thoughts and experiences.

Gonzo will have you laughing the whole way through, it his very relatable and will also make you think about the issues arising from this easy access we all have to porn and how it affects our lives.

Gonzo ends on October 1st, and at this time there are only tickets available for their 3:30pm session.

Click HERE if you’re interested!

 

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