Cry Babies is a speculative fiction in fake documentary format that looks at the relationship between education, society and violence. In world that promises success and has major expectations of youth, one teenager ignores the rules and leads a violent episode at her high school. What makes a young girl reach her limit? How much responsibility should be assigned to her family, her school, technology, the pressure of existing standards, the media, the politician who made cuts to education, precariety, society or herself?
The show asks what kind of future awaits today’s teenagers. Using vlogs, model manipulation, musical numbers, body-based musical scores, humour with a touch of trash and interactions with the audience, we’ll recall how at seventeen the world was much more complex and awful than we thought. How should we deal with youth violence as a society?
The Followers are a young women’s company from Barcelona created in 2018, and composed of Andrea Monje and Laura Riera.
Welcome to Siri’s Party was their first piece, presented as a work in progress at the Rose Bruford Theatre (2018, London) and at the Festival Croquis 2019 (Sala Beckett). In 2019, the team were awarded the Bonnescèniques grant (Francesca Bonnemaison Women’s Cultural Centre) and premiered the final work at Antic Teatre of Barcelona. The show is currently on tour.
They followed this with Cry Babies, co-produced by Antic Teatre together with Quinzena de Dansa Metropolitana, and which was shortlisted for Kinètic 2021 at the Sandaru Civic Centre.