The dangers of technology and social media will be highlighted in a new play by Workington's Theatre Royal Youth (TRY).

Girls Like That, by Evan Placey, was specially commissioned by Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Theatre Royal Plymouth and West Yorkshire Playhouse after working with young people in 2013.

When a photograph of schoolgirl Scarlett goes viral, rumours spread across smartphones like wildfire and her reputation is poisoned, threatening to shatter the fragile bonds of friendship between a group of girls who have grown up together.

This production marks a number of firsts. As well as being Jane Douglas’s debut as director, it is the first production to be specifically taken on by TRY’s older members, aged 16 to 18.

Jane said: “I’m really pleased I’m not a teenager growing up today with all the technology and social media pressures. I was concerned at first about some of the content in the play, but am very proud of how well the girls have dealt with it – I’m not sure I would have done so well at their age!”

Both entertaining and thought provoking the play presents a considerable challenge to the young actors and will raise awareness to the audience of some of the harsh realities of teenage life today.

Girls Like That is on at the Theatre Royal, Washington Street, Workington, from January 16 to January 19 at 7pm. Tickets are available from the Theatre Royal website or the box office every Monday and Wednesday from 6.45pm to 7.30pm at £7 and £5 concessions. Tickets will also be available on the door.