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The Web of fact or fiction

THE dangers of our global fixation with the world wide web were laid bare at the opening night of Foster theatre company FAMDA’S The Web on Friday.
If you think it is safe leaving your children for hours on end on their computer screens without supervision, maybe you’d better think again!
A whodunit for the modern age, The Web is a fascinating exploration of isolation, friendship, and what happens when social experiments go frighteningly wrong.
What led to the stabbing of a schoolboy by one of his so-called friends was the subject of the show, with plenty of subplots thrown in for good measure.
Was the disappearance of three women real, did a girlfriend really exist or was it just a setup using the tricks of the “web”?
The first act saw all actors lay the grounds for what was to come later with act two really ramping up the intrigue.
In act one, police officer Sergeant Tukovsky, played by Andrew Farrell, investigates the stabbing of a schoolboy, Travis, played by Chenneth Weeraratne; an investigation compromised by a relationship formed by the police officer.
Two boys held down most of the drama as they battled to work out whether they were friends or was one of them part of a big lie.
For one of the boys, Fred, played by Will Thatcher, life was complicated by isolation on a farm, lack of relationships, the tragic death of his father and an unstable mother.
Using the web, Fred is tricked into believing a life of loneliness was going to be made better only to be betrayed yet again.
Fred’s mother Ivy, played by Jo Street, is also caught up in the lie and is part of a broad experiment using the magic or deception of the web and email.
The show delivers some important lessons about lies, deceit, loneliness, cyber bullying, suicide and relationships; it is well worth viewing.
All actors acquitted themselves well with an outstanding performance by Jo Street as the mum, with the two boys also standouts with plenty of lines to learn.
Special mention to the solid performances of Katelyn Hollins, who played Susan, and Evy Nye, who played the scientist.
FAMDA’s The Web continues showing until May 5. For bookings visit www.famda.org.au or visit Main Street Revelations, Foster.

Boy’s excel: from left, Ross Garner and Roger Lindsay congratulate Chenneth Weeraratne and Will Thatcher on their performances in FAMDA’S production of The Web on Friday.

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