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Sex With Robots and Other Devices - King's Head Theatre

King's Head Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BOBBY Brook is directing Nessah Muthy’s new play Sex With Robots and Other Devices at the King’s Head Theatre – from Tuesday, May 15 to Saturday, June 2, 2018.

I turned it off. Shut it down. Re-booted it. It started asking questions and I didn’t want that, made me feel uncomfortable.

Consider the future of sex. The terrifying, the inevitable, or perhaps the exciting answer to our problems. In a world where your partner can arrive in an Amazon package, or your child can be chosen off the shop shelf, how much will curiosity and ease play into people’s temptation.

Sex With Robots and Other Devices is the new play from Writers’ Guild nominee Nessah Muthy (Heroine, The Host, Gastronauts), presented in a co-production between the King’s Head Theatre and Cloakroom Theatre. Cloakroom are an all-female collective, and are working with an all-female creative team to create the show.

Sex With Robots and Other Devices directly follows the King’s Head Theatre’s Who Runs The World? season (by female playwrights), and is a direct response to the under-representation of female voices in theatre.

The piece has been inspired by a wealth of research including the work of Isaac Asimov, Abyss Creations and their development of ‘real dolls’, and the Science Museum’s robotics exhibition 2017. It takes a bold look at the development of robotics, and the ethics behind their use in day to day life. Having been explored by numerous films and television series, Sex With Robots and Other Devices is a unique concept for the stage and live audiences.

This new production is the third winner of the Adrian Pagan Award for which the prize is a full production at the King’s Head Theatre along with artistic, producing and fundraising mentorship. Adrian Pagan was a stage manager for ten years before his first play, The Backroom, won the Verity Bargate Award and was produced by the Bush Theatre. The award was set up following his tragic death at the age of 39. The first winner of the award was Thomas Pickles’ Dead Party Animals and the second was Kate Lock’s Russian Dolls.

Artistic Director of the King’s Head Theatre Adam Spreadbury-Maher said: “With the third Adrian Pagan Award, I was looking for an extraordinary theatre company with an exciting, thought provoking and entertaining state-of-the-nation story to tell. Sex with Robots and Other Devices by Nessah Muthy is a fascinating exploration of robotics and sexuality, revealing not only who we are but where we might be going next. I can’t wait to share it with our audiences.”

For more information or to book tickets, call the box office on 0207 226 8561 or visit www.kingsheadtheatre.com/.

Also at the King’s Head Theatre: the return of F***ing Men (May 16 to June 2) and the European prermiere of The Unbuilt City, starring Sandra Dickinson and Jonathan Chambers (June 6 to June 30, 2018).