Writer: Daniel Bye
Director: Dick Bonham
Reviewer: Jaclyn Martin
You’re on a flight, sat next to an attractive young lady. You’re both watching the same “schlocky” movie about a diseased monkey who has bitten and passed on the disease. You make polite conversation and offer the lady a nut. She accepts, then returns to watching the movie. Soon, she is rubbing her eyes and, not long after, starts to cry. She doesn’t stop. Before long, everyone on the flight is crying… except you.
The crying disease starts spreading beyond the flight, until people all around world are crying.
You remain fine.
There has been a microscope over the issue of contagious disease and epidemics, following the Ebola outbreak earlier this year. Hysteria also breeds and spreads, in much the same way as a disease might. This show takes a close look at the themes of both contagion and hysteria and the social impact this has on us. How do we treat those that seem high risk? Do we offer support or do we shun those affected because we are afraid of become sick ourselves?
Daniel Nye seems nervous as the show begins, but quickly settles into a suitable pace and rhythm. With a combination of story-telling, scientific fact and sweets, he presents this tricky issue in an accessible way. He has an affable, geeky style that reminiscentof Brian Cox; He is easy to listen to and you’ll leave feeling like you’ve really learned something.
Just try to resist washing your hands on the way out.
Runs until August 30th 2015