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Ameena Hamid Productions and Theatre503 present

Zombiegate

Written by Matthew Gabrielli
Directed by Julian Bruton
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Sophie and Jamie have just been cancelled, a misplaced selfie has gone viral, and the pair have been accused of mocking a dead child. But their troubles are only just beginning. As the real and digital world collide, their lives and friendship are ripped apart by algorithms, online mobs and an obsessive troll called Mr Punch. 

Zombiegate is a witty and empathetic debut play that gets behind the headlines and hashtags of internet trolls, scrutinising mob mentality and myths around cancel culture, and asks us to empathise with the people we find it hard to agree with. Zombiegate was a winner of Theatre Royal Haymarket’s Masterclass Pitch Your Play 2018. 

An Ameena Hamid Productions and Theatre503 co-production, Zombiegate is directed by Julian Bruton and produced by Ameena Hamid, with set and costume design by Delyth Evans.

Running time: approx 90 mins (no interval)

Age guidance: 14+

Content information: This show contains themes that some audience members may find distressing. If this sounds like it could apply to you, you can view Content Information here or the full Care Pack here.

Saturday matinee performances are Pay What You Choose, and there are six £6 tickets on offer in the front row for every show after Previews.

TAILORED PERFORMANCES:  

1 November & 2nd November 7.30pm WRITERS NIGHTS: A chance for writers to enjoy a discounted ticket and meet our literary department and the writer of the show. There will be an informal Q&A in the foyer from 6:50pm-7:20pm on both nights with the writer of the play and our literary department. Attendees to Writers Night are invited to submit for our Rapid Write Response initiative. To unlock a £6 ticket, email boxoffice@theatre503.com to be digitally tagged as a writer. If you have previously been tagged as a writer, your ticket will automatically adjust to £6 on the final page of booking – you do not need a Promo Code. If you are unable to attend our Writers Night, the £6 tickets will also be available up until Saturday 5th. There will also be a Zoom session with Matthew Gabrielli, writer of the play on Wednesday 26th October at 7pm. Please sign up here.

16 November 12pm PARENT & BABY:  Provided as an opportunity for parents and/or guardians to enjoy a spot of theatre without the need to hire a babysitter. Please note, we do not exclude other audience members from booking to see this performance.

 

Matthew Gabrielli

Matthew Gabrielli is a writer for stage, screen and funding applications, he was a winner of Theatre Royal Haymarket’s Masterclass Pitch Your Play 2018. Originally from the North-West and now based in Birmingham his short plays have been performed in fringe venues in Manchester, Liverpool and across the Midlands. In 2021 he created the immersive theatre experience THE LAPWORTH EXPERIMENT at Lapworth Museum of Geology and was one of Graeae's Beyond Artists.

Dates

Artistic Team
Writer
Matthew Gabrielli
Director
Julian Bruton
Producer
Ameena Hamid for Ameena Hamid Productions Ltd
Assistant Producer
Catherine Moriarty
Production Manager
Misha Mah
Movement and Puppetry Director
Phoebe Hyder
Set & Costume Designer
Delyth Evans
Puppet Maker
Aled Williams
Lighting Designer
Danny Vavrečka
Sound Designer
Hattie North
PR
Flavia Fraser-Cannon for Mobius PR
Casting Director
Amy Blair for AJB Casting
Image Design
Rebecca Pitt
Photography
Michael Wharley
Cast
Sophie
Ebony Jonelle
Jamie
George Howard
Tony/Simon
Chand Martinez
Jennifer/Danielle
Virginia Thompson

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Audience Reviews
★★★★
An entertaining, unique show...all too relevant in the current online climate
The Reviews Hub
★★★★
This is a compelling new play: smart, gripping, cautionary and bang-up-to-date
What's On Stage
The dystopian flavour of Black Mirror...Gabrielli has fun playing with the pantomime’s traditional tropes
The Stage
Ebony Jonelle and George Howard have a genuine chemistry
The Spy in the Stalls
Incredibly relevant to our generation
North West End
Witty, satirical debut with fabulous puppets...performed to compelling effect
London Pub Theatres

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