Clickbait comes to life in Duckpond, a new play by Tabitha Woo and directed by Alison Bennett, presented as part of the FreshWorks Femme program at Old 505 Theatre.
Stranded after a plane crash, flight attendant Ingrid (Melissa Hume) finds herself in the absurd world of the Duckpond.
She befriends Duck (Rizcel Gagawanan), a duck addicted to nutrient-poor white bread, and meets the Duckpond’s omniscient dictator, Homer (Danen Engelenberg). What ensues is a madcap scroll through cute animal videos, funny listicles and bread-related humour.
Rudi Hendricks and Samantha Lambert round out the ensemble.
“The internet is literally changing how our brains work,” explains Woo. “I can sense it in myself: my attention span is shorter, I’m constantly distracted, and I know I’m being exposed to a highly curated feed that amplifies my preferences and beliefs. The impact this is having on us as a global society is terrifying. We are truly in a new age of technology.”