The Edinburgh Fringe One-Weeker 2019 – F. Off, 22nd August 2019

F. OffHere’s something that should be top quality and challenging. It’s the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain’s production of F. Off, at Belly Button, Underbelly, Cowgate, at 12:50 on Thursday 22nd. Read the blurb: “As the extremes of social media kick up an unsettling and unsavoury stink, Evening Standard ‘One to Watch’ writer Tatty Hennessy, National Youth Theatre Artistic Director Paul Roseby and Britain’s best young talent are kicking off in response in true interrogatory style to put Mark Zuckerberg and his social network colleagues on trial. The question is who really is to blame, and who is following who? So we ask you, the audience, to be the jury and the NYT company will be the disrupters. Served with a heavy helping of humour, some knitting and hardcore experts.”

This sounds like an ambitious production, but if anyone can do it, the National Youth Theatre can. Check back around 2.30 pm to see if we enjoyed it. By then the next preview blog should be available to read too.

Another top quality show, not that one should be surprised at that with the brilliant NYT performers. Zuckerberg on trial, interwoven with a story of how a data mining company fixed an election… sound familiar? Terrific show, fabulous ensemble playing, although Tiajna Izekor, Amelia Braithwaite, Will Stewart and Kareem Adeshina really stood out. Food for thought for anyone who owns a smartphone. Scary, funny and highly recommended!