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The audience of a new show coming to Lancaster this Friday will actually be encouraged to leave their mobile phones on during performances.

I Wish I Was Lonely is a brand new interactive show where poet Hannah Jane Walker and theatre maker Chris Thorpe investigate what it means to participate in communication – or not.

It’s a show in which the audience commit to leaving their phones on throughout the performance as the demands and expectations of an “always available” culture are explored.

I Wish I Was Lonely will be performed in The Round at The Dukes and is a Live at LICA: In The City presentation.

The show, performed at 1pm and again at 8pm, will feature poems and stories constructed with the help of the audience. Phone-calls and texts received by the audience during the show may trigger additional material, making each performance unique.

I Wish I Was Lonely will be a gentle conversation with the audience about the effect of our increased contactability on our happiness, our personalities, and on the changing boundaries of ourselves.

The show is recommended for anyone aged 14 plus.

Box office: 01524 598500 or www.dukes-lancaster.org