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Social media takes centrestage for The Necessary Stage's Poor Thing

Published on Feb 24, 2014 7:28 PM
 
Cast of The Necessary Stage's Poor Thing, a play about road rage and cyber bullying, (from left) Dwayne Lau, Siti Khalijah, Sharda Harrison and Joshua Lim. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

These days, actress Siti Khalijah Zainal gets a little nervous when she takes public transport. She says with a laugh: "It's making me more and more paranoid. Because at any time, for any reason, people can just whip out their phones to take a photo or a video. I keep thinking, what did I do wrong, I didn't do anything, right?"

The 28-year-old actress is not dodging the paparazzi but Singapore's new wave of virtual vigilantes, an angry online mob given to hounding those who either commit a misdeed or run their mouths off.

Two recent targets include British expatriate Anton Casey, whose recent comments on the "stench" of public transport eventually saw him leaving the country, and alleged road bully Quek Zhen Hao, who later uploaded a video to apologise.

This spate of stormy situations and equally explosive reactions and the way they go viral has become the subject of theatre company The Necessary Stage's upcoming production, Poor Thing, which runs from Feb 26 to March 9 at their black box theatre.

 
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POOR THING (R18)

Where: The Necessary Stage Black Box, Marine Parade Community Building, B1-02, 278 Marine Parade Road

When: Feb 26 to March 9. Wed to Sat at 8pm, Sat and Sun at 3pm. No shows on Mon and Tues

Admission: $23 to $31 from Peatix (go to http://poorthing.peatix.com)

Info: Rated R18

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