Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
Premiere at 05.04.2024.

You won’t believe what’s about to unfold on Trafós Main Stage! 
Lines like this one are designed to take control of our focus on the internet. We’re bombarded with them from every angle while algorithms geared at our most primal emotions drive us to keep burning through a seemingly infinite stream of content – all to keep us glued to a handful of specific online platforms for as long as possible. Our attention has become the oil of the 21st century, and every single second of it is fought over – not only by cosmetics advertisements and holiday photos but by mass-produced political messages and social campaigns too. Our perception of reality is conditioned by those who can get their message across the most piercing way.

Through the personal stories of experts as performers, Some Viewers May Find This Distracting is a documentary theatre piece that focuses on the hidden mechanisms of the online realm, how we can find a voice in it, and the commodification of attention. All this is done through the medium of theatre, where the audience is granted the rare luxury of focusing on one thing only: events that unfold on an empty stage.

Drawing on Bertolt Brecht’s play, ‘Die Maßnahme’ (The Measures Taken),  four modern agitators – a journalist, an Instagram blogger, a TikTok influencer and an activist reflect on their fight for a more just society within the online realm that was once about freedom and accessible information and has now become the playground of Big Tech. On what terms can an idea be granted visibility under these circumstances? In what way is global capitalism moulding the discourse of an Eastern European autocracy? Can the hegemons of the internet be tackled, outsmarted – and if so, how? Staying true to the spirit of Brecht, we attempt to remind the audience of the simple truth that our perception of reality can be altered, especially in the age of the internet.

Photos: Judit Horváth

Daniel Baki
Kata Benedek
Orsolya Jeney
Szilvi Német 
Samu Seres

Music: Natalie Szende
Mastering: Roland Nagy
Lights: Bala Szabon
Video design: Tamás Páll
Technical Manager: Tibor Kiefer 
English translation: Gabriella Gál
Surtitles: Csendike Somogyvári
Video documentation: László Dinea
Assistant Director: Anita Totobé, Róza Kereszty
Production Manager: Anita Totobé
Creative Consultant: Zsófia Tamara Vadas
Dramaturg & Consultant: Tímea Török 
Director: Kristóf Kelemen

The production was realized in the framework of the Staféta Program of the Municipality of Budapest.
Coproducers: Trafó House of Contemporary Arts, FÜGE Productions