Wollongong playwright explores online lives

Laura Jackson films herself on her phone outside Coniston's Phoenix Theatre for her upcoming play Handle It. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Laura Jackson films herself on her phone outside Coniston's Phoenix Theatre for her upcoming play Handle It. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

As the internet and social media become an increasingly important part of our lives, young people need to take stock of how it affects their relationships.

Wollongong playwright and actor Laura Jackson has focused on this issue in her one-woman show Handle It, and is keen to start a conversation on the implications of technology on our emotional and physical interactions.

The story of a university student who is assaulted and has photos posted online is told from six different perspectives, all performed by Jackson.

Though the 25-year-old has tweaked the show since she wrote it two years ago as part of a masters in creative writing at the University of Wollongong, she said its aim remained the same.

"I think we're in a social experiment at the moment, because generation Y and even younger have only known relationships in the world of the internet, relationships impacted by porn, people posting things on Facebook, having their privacy blown out online," she said.

"There's amazing things that go with the internet, but also risks.

"I wanted to write something that really got people to think, ... but it was also a really fantastic opportunity to write for myself as an actor."

The show is on at the Phoenix Theatre, August 1-3. Tickets from trybooking.com; $20 adults, $15 concession.

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