No, it’s not a harsh critique of Pipeline Theatre‘s new production, there really is a Robothespian on stage in Spillikin (A Love Story).
The Cornish company have collaborated with Penryn-based Engineered Arts to craft an innovative play starring both human and AI actors.
Sci-fi plays have seen something of a resurgence in recent months and Curious Directive’s Pioneer showcased its own handheld robot, proving that convincing science fiction props are a reality as technological advancement becomes more affordable. Spillikin (A Love Story) is the latest play to tease the boundaries of what’s achievable on stage and it’s taken a considerable step forwards for both the genre and the medium as a whole.
Refusing to be pigeonholed in the niche depths of nerd-theatre, Pipeline’s third production is, as it says on the tin, primarily a love story. The script tells the tale of long-wed Sally and Raymond. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Sally’s obsessive archivist and Roboticist husband embarks on an ambitious project to create a better version of himself to care for her beyond his years.
Melding live music, humour and tragedy, Spillikin (A Love Story) is one to watch. The Tolmen Centre in Constantine is hosting three preview performances this week, 7.30pm Friday-Sunday, before the show moves on to Latitude Festival and Edinburgh Fringe ahead of a nationwide tour next year.
Tickets are £8 (standard) and £5 for OAPs and anyone who either cares for or works in a care setting for people with dementia.