What is the price of internet fame? Viral tells the story of Art and Zane – two boys who seek to attain internet ‘fame’ in order to become more popular at school and to make some money. Viral examines the role of social media and technology and how it impacts the way we record, communicate and think about events of racism, abuse and violence in our community, investigating the line between disassociation and raising awareness about such events.

Inspired by a number of true events and broader societal changes facing Gold Coasters and the wider community, the show has been developed through a series of community consultation workshops aimed at gathering true accounts of acts of discrimination against a variety of marginalised groups.

Viral uses physical theatre, multiple role-sharing, verbatim, political theatre, AV and an evocative musical score and to create a visceral and dynamic theatrical experience. Winning the Best Independent Production at the 2016 Matilda Awards, don’t miss out on this homegrown performance.

Presented by HOTA, Home of the Arts

Eat & Drink

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Keeping you safe

It is incredibly important to us that you have a safe experience when you come to HOTA. We have a COVID Safe plan which you can read on our FAQs page and there are some new conditions of entry which you should read before purchasing a ticket or attending an event at HOTA.

All events are set up to ensure we meet all social distancing and hygiene guidelines. All you have to do is enjoy yourself.


Shock Therapy Productions is proudly supported by City of Gold Coast. Viral was originally supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. Tour supported by The Playing Queensland Fund and arTour, initiatives of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Special Q&A

Following the 11am performance on Tue 23 Mar, a special Q&A with the creators will be held.

Registrations are essential. To register, please email [email protected].

Teachers Notes

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