F. Off

  • Underbelly, Cowgate - Belly Button
  • 12:50
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: National Youth Theatre of Great Britain
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation, Strong Language/Swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Relaxed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


F. Off. As the extremes of social media kick up an unsettling and unsavoury stink, Evening Standard 'One to Watch' writer Tatty Hennessy, National Youth Theatre Artistic Director Paul Roseby and Britain's best young talent are kicking off in response in true interrogatory style to put Mark Zuckerberg and his social network colleagues on trial. The question is who really is to blame, and who is following who? So we ask you, the audience, to be the jury and the NYT company will be the disrupters. Served with a heavy helping of humour, some knitting and hardcore experts.

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General venue access

  • Relaxed Performance
  • Accessible entry: There are 16 steps into this venue from the cowgate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Relaxed performances

  • Dates: 15 August
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team for more information or to discuss any accessibility requirements.
  • Character Introduction Details
  • Additional information: Information not supplied

Be aware that this show features:

  • Performer goes into audience area
  • Heavily dialogue-driven scenes
  • Permission to move around and make noise

Show does not feature:

  • Total Audience Black Out
  • Flashing Lights/Strobed Lighting
  • Loud/repetitive/high pitched/unexpected or overlapping sound
  • Distinctive smells
  • Special effects (e.g. smoke/bubbles/pyrotechnics)
  • Latex balloons
  • Characters expressing anger
  • Audience required to walk around
  • Audience required to undertake directed movement
  • Audience required to sing/speak along with/for performer
  • Audience invited on stage
  • An intermission
  • Audience chill out area
  • Permission to engage with performer
  • Show guide or synopsis or character list

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Intrepid 158 days ago

Very entertaining, energetic and thought provoking.

jyoung 158 days ago

Entertaining, energetic, engaging, thought provoking, fabulous - thanks to this passionate youthful team - best thing we saw

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The Play's the Thing UK 142 days ago

The young cast, most of whom will never have known life before the internet, show no signs of struggling with the complex, statistics-filled script or the deep questions it asks of us from a social, political and moral standpoint. Showing off their music, movement and comedy skills, relishing the opportunity for slick on-stage technological set pieces and diving in with all guns blazing, they are an absolute delight and look to be enjoying every minute.

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Theatre Weekly (3/5 stars) 153 days ago

Presented by the National Youth Theatre and written by Tatty Hennessy, I had high hopes for F. Off at the Fringe’s Underbelly Cowgate venue. With social networks, and in particular Facebook, receiving so much bad publicity lately, the time feels right for a searing exposé in to life behind the silicon valley giants

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FringeReview 157 days ago

There are three equal narratives and three equal warnings in this performance. Whilst the conceit of holding a trial is handled well it is in the other two stories where the reality of a moral code is taught to us. The issue with the young girl who just wanted to...

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 157 days ago

This ensemble piece from the National Youth Theatre, which addresses burning issues of social networking and misappropriation of data, began life as a workshop participated in by 30 members of the company. Its origins can be seen in the show’s freewheeling structure and multiple narrative threads, but the playwright Tatty...

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British Theatre Guide (4/5 stars) 157 days ago

The National Youth Theatre has brought writer Tatty Hennessy’s F. Off to the Fringe where the audience become the jury in the trial between the people vs Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg accused of mishandling and stealing data.There is much interaction between the audience and the performers in this entertaining, comic...

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 159 days ago

It is one of those shows, they say. But it's one of those great shows. Dynamic, funny, challenging, irreverent and a perfect showcase for the NYT talent. Centred around a trial of Mark Zuckerburg with audience as jury, so much information, sorry, data is mined. Written to give each performer a feature part, they all relish the challenge.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 160 days ago

In this new production from the National Youth Theatre, the audience are the jury and Mark Zuckerberg is on trial. As the show began I approached it with caution. Would the audience participation get tired and...

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The Guardian (3/5 stars) 160 days ago

In a recent New Yorker cartoon by Emily Flake, a man is unpacking boxes of T-shirts branded with the slogan: #TeamFeralHog. Another man stands behind him, looking disapproving. The caption reads: “I think you may have miscalculated the length of the modern attention span.” A week is a decade online,...

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 162 days ago

A group of young people attempt to put Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on trial in an exuberantly farcical courtroom which (the script admits) has been “cobbled together from half-remembered TV cliches”. ...

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Broadway Baby (3/5 stars) 163 days ago

The National Youth Theatre have put Mark Zuckerberg on trial. The cast of this ensemble piece are furious at what Zuk’s got away with and this Fringe they’re holding him to account. In this 75-minute energetic exploration of youth culture, media coverage, court etiquette and who’s to blame for the...

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