mail an: Englisches Theater 2013/14 VIRTUAL HEROES by Clive Duncan     http://www.schooltours.at/tours-201314/red-tour/ Hi there, ... and welcome to Cyber World! How about you? Are you a computer-freak? Are you PS2 (or Xbox, Gamecube) crazy? Have you ever played until you fell asleep over your keyboard? How important is your PC, your playstati on and your mobile for you? Let’s have a look! On the scale from 1-100 below, you would be – where? Take a pen and put a cross! 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100 Now ask your parents/your brothers and sister s/a friend? What do they think? Do they agree? Just think – if you had no computer/playstation, would you 1) do more homework instead? More sports? 2) Read lots of books? 3) See interesting films? Or 4) perhaps go to the theatre and watch a play? In English? (Good choice!) Well, that’s what you’re about to do, and let me tell you, get ready for a special treat! This year’s VET touring production, Virtual Heroes , is partly set in a virtual game world. As you follow the two main characters , Rita and Kevin – or rather Sapphire and Byron, through their adventures in Egypt an d Peru, you’ll think you’re sitting at your PC/playstation. Rita is a good pu pil, Kevin is not. Rita doesn’t have friends and is being bullied, Kevin misses his dad. Both are looking for adventure, creating a virtual reality for themselves, taking on the personalities they would like to be – in their dreams. Email and chatrooms are the main wa ys of communication – but because everybody uses a nickname, you never know who you are really ’talking’ (= writing) to. Just imagine pouring your heart out to your cyber pal, and it turns out to be your neighbour! Or worse, your younger brother! And remember, the good-looking millionaire or the beautiful model you fell in love with in a game/chatroom might turn out to be a frog who wants to be kissed but is not going to turn into a prince/princess! So, we hope you’re going to enjoy the play and ha ve lots of fun – after all, that’s the idea of going to the theatre: have fun and enjoy a play in English! Well, I’d better log off now and let you join Rita and Kevin in their virtual adventure! cu ☺ Helena Hirsch  (aus http://www.schooltours.at/data/TH_VirtualHeroes.pdf)