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Contact Theatre asks you to #follow_me

Manchester’s Contact Theatre has a unique piece of interactive theatre starting this evening until Saturday. #follow_me as its hashtagged twitter name title implies is a show not just about social media but which uses social media.

#follow_me is a new performance online and on stage starring Contact Young Actors Company. Directed by Baba Israel. Created by the Company, Baba Israel and YOU!

Supported by Bar Camp Manchester and Adaptavist.

Wed 16 to Sat 19 December 2009, 8:00pm. Tickets: £10/6/FreeAct

Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA. Booking: 0161 274 0600 / www.contact-theatre.org

How many friends do you really have?

From online to onstage, Contact Young Actors Company tap into the world of social media for #follow_me, a new multi-media performance created by the cast, Contact’s new Artistic Director Baba Israel and YOU!

For the past several weeks, people from all around the world have been submitting pictures, poems, video and audio clips, stories and more via Twitter and Facebook – all of which will be a part of this unique interactive theatre experience…and you can still take part…

During every performance there will be a live Twitter feed that the actors will respond to – simply post a message with the hashtag #follow_me between 7pm and 9pm GMT on Wed 16 to Sat 19 December, then sit in the audience and see your 140 characters brought to life live on stage!

To get the full experience click on the links below to see video, online gallery images, blogs from the cast and more…then book your tickets, leave reality behind and enter the virtual world of #follow_me

· #follow_me video trailer on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yD3wgXMckzk

· #follow_me image gallery on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/contactmcr/sets/72157622704486321/show/

· #follow_me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#/event.php?eid=209680310198&ref=ts

· #follow_me on Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/contactmcr (search hashtag #follow_me)

Following on from Oldham Coliseum’s community play Heaven’s Spot its great to see another Manchester Company creating an innovative piece of social media-inspired theatre. If anyone’s got an interest in social media or theatre, either get along to the Contact this week, or participate remotely.