In December 2008, an American entrepreneur left a tech conference in Paris. As he stood in the street, unable to hail a cab, an idea landed with the falling snow: tap a button, get a ride.
Ten years on, a company with the simple idea of connecting people to taxis is now the biggest start-up in the world.
Please note the time of this performance has changed to 19:25 (14:50 Matinee)
But with success comes growing pains.
Silicon Valley’s sweetheart is now the subject of multiple scandals, from boardroom sexism, through to workers’ rights and passenger safety.
Brilliant Jerks tells the story of three people – a driver, a coder, and a CEO – working for one tech monolith, but living worlds apart.
Mia, a troubled young mum, drives nights in Manchester.
Sean, a talented but drifting programmer, is recruited to the company’s London office.
And Tyler Janowski, ex-CEO and former adviser to Trump, tries to figure out where it all went wrong.
Brought to you by multi-award-winning company LIPSINK, written by journalist & playwright Joseph Charlton, and directed by HighTide Associate Artist Rosy Banham.
Brilliant Jerks is generously supported by Arts Council England.