Leave your smartphones on when entering the theatre. But beware: playful audience participation comes at a price. You’re not just sending a selfie – you’re laying yourself open to brutal public data mining.
It’s a neat microcosm of the social media age. We embrace conveniences like Google Maps and loyalty cards, without considering the algorithms tracking, predicting, even influencing our behaviour.
Not to mention the reams of metadata stored by shadowy government entities, as revealed by Edward Snowden via the Guardian and Washington Post.
This Orwellian tale of conscious and unconscious oversharing could make for bleak viewing, but in Privacy at the Donmar Warehouse, James Graham and director Josie Rourke present urgent ideas with disarming lightness of touch.