The show is based on a conversation that Silva and Wolff had about the 'personalities' that appear on Facebook and with the constantly changing ways of using and interacting with social media, there have been some changes made to the show since its initial prodcution. "Whenever we see a new social media trend or meme that’s really funny or bizarre, we seek to include it in our show," Wolff tells me.
"Honor and I usually do a sacrificial ceremony where we smear the blood against the walls until we seize and something comes to us," Silva adds. "However we have kept some of our old sketches that maybe seem less relevant now like the nek nominations or the Pitch Perfect cup song, mainly because they’re still so ridiculous and hilarious to play."
But the creative process isn't all likes and retweets, with the creators deep-diving in research for countless hours on how to bring these people to life. "We’ll watch hours of YouTube videos, Vines, Instagram stories and scroll through our own newsfeeds until we’re inspired by all of our 'friends' and then we’ll find a space, spend hours improvising and riffing off each other and write down whatever makes one of us crack up laughing," Wolff explains.
"However, if someone culls you from their Facebook or unfollows you on Instagram it feels like a personal attack," Wolff continues. "As if you're not interesting enough and it hurts even if that person is inconsequential to your non-online life. We’re fragile egocentric creatures. But, like, please like our Facebook page The Very Good Looking Initiative."
Despite their show, the two's usage of social media has not really changed. "I’ve always considered the whole thing about having thousands of Instagram followers and 300 likes on every photo uploaded to be bit shallow and vapid, except if I have a really hot new profile picture - then I want heaps of likes," Silva laughs. "What has changed for me from creating and performing CULL is the pressure to care more about my social media presence. Being a young, independent theatre maker and actor, a social media presence is vital in order to sell tickets and start a buzz around yourself and your show. If people don’t know you, or like you - they’re less likely to see your show, unless it's my mum, she’ll always come my show."
"I’ve always been quite the social media whore since the first day I got a smart phone. The more we do the show the more I try to up my game with my photo skills and demented pictures on Instagram as well as writing the most witty/relevant status on Facebook," Wolff goes on to say. "If anything, performing CULL has reminded me how much I love social media and that without it, I wouldn’t have such rich material to work with."
The one food I cannot live without is
Wolff: Jalna fat free yoghurt
My most cringeworthy moment in public is
A movie that sums up my life is
How many seconds can pass before you can't eat food off the floor?
During MICF, I really want to
Venue: Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St, Southbank.
Length: 60 minutes
Tickets: $30 Full | $25 Conc | $20 Tightarse Tuesday and Preview
Bookings: MICF website