Social mores of Girls Like That

Girls Like That at Printers Playhouse
Girls Like That at Printers Playhouse

Most of us have heard of revenge porn, in which young females are coerced or cajoled to pose naked for photographs for a boyfriend or for a dare from other girls.

For Scarlett, her world is laid bare when someone sends an image of her wearing nothing but a smile to every smart phone in school. Do her schoolfriends rally round to support her, to sympathise, or do they condemn her and insist that she is not a girl like them at all?

Rumour by smartphone is fast-moving and relentless and every recipient of the photo has something to say about it and about Scarlett, who is the only one not to comment. There have been several different versions of Girls Like That, including some for schools, but the version at Printers Playhouse is very much the original and adult one. Written by Evan Placey and directed in Eastbourne by John Berry, this is a clever and amusing look at today’s moral climate in the face of the struggle for women’s suffrage. It is not without coincidence that the naked selfie materialises during a lesson about the suffragette movement.

Older teenagers will love this production and mums and dads will doubtless cringe at a lot of what they see on stage, but there is a message here which, although worthy and worthwhile, is presented with humour and a deft touch.

Upstairs at Printers Playhouse at 8pm nightly from August 20-25. Tickets are £5 in advance, £6.50 at the door.