Level Up

Full Breakfast Productions and New Celts Productions
The Space on the Mile – until August 24th
4 Stars (4 / 5)

The State wants to nudge people in the right direction, to make sure they fulfil their civic responsibilities. It’s important that people take out the recycling, and don’t commit petty crimes – after all – it’s a slippery slope. But that’s not all, people should be rewarded for taking part in their community – shouldn’t they? I mean, we can’t very well rely on good will alone, can they?

This is a scary time to live. China has already implemented a “Social Credit System” where they rate their citizens. It’s a slippery slope alright!

What’s next?

Are they going to rate your compatibility with your fiancée and tell you both whether you can marry or not?

That’s precisely what has happened to Jimmy. Apparently his lovely girlfriend Natasha is too good for him. In fact, maybe The State has a point… after all, Jimmy has never really felt good enough for Natasha. Well Jimmy has an idea. He’s going to become a model citizen! He’s going to become a better man! He’s finally going to Level Up and become good enough.

A savvy political drama exploring how social engineering and extrinsic carrots may warp the soul of man. The characters can be a little one-dimensional, the most charismatic of which is Jimmy’s lovable-loser friend Tommo, but its hard to see how the message could be delivered speedily otherwise. 1984’s Winston and Julia were hardly fleshed either, serving as a vehicle to explore the dystopian world they inhabited.

In the contemporary call out-culture of 21st Century virtue signalling – where people can lose their social media accounts, jobs, social positions and get no-platformed from university campuses for the wrong off-hand comment – Level Up is an all-too-needed warning for to a people that may be sleep walking, pampered, into A Brave New World.