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To Drone In The Rain - Tristan Bates Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WRITTEN by Michael Ellis and directed by Lorenzo Mason, To Drone In The Rain runs at the Tristan Bates Theatre from June 11 to June 15, 2019.

Tom lives with his best friend Drone Girl in the near future where phones, laptops, and all other technological services have become obsolete, replaced by Drone boys and girls.

“Drone Girl 9.1.13” looks after Tom who suffers from severe social anxiety. From supervising his job as a bespoke adventures salesman to becoming his “romantic auto-correct”, she is always there to catch him before he falls.

But when Drone Boy, an older model disappointed by humans, praises her for crippling Tom emotionally, she starts to question her purpose.

Writer Michael Ellis said: “It’s a really exciting time for A.I. technology and cybernetics right now. It can be said that we are already cyborgs. Looking at how we use our phones as an extension of who we are, connecting to everything literally instantly. The present time inspired me to write this play. I believe the time set in To Drone In The Rain is a future closer than what most people think, where humanities’ desire for easy access and speed of technology combine. Om Poor Nam A Dah – A tale of poisonous medicine. I am interested in seeing how people may relate and hope it can bring consciousness on our choice to an easy access life.”

Director Lorenzo Mason said: “The play examines our dependency on technology, but it also asks questions about the emotional labour we put on each other and the toll that takes. Who would we become if we had machines to do that for us? What would they do?”

The cast includes; Michael Benbaruk (True West) as Tom, Nell Hardy (The Tempest) as Drone Girl, Lino Facioli (Game of Thrones) in his theatre debut as Drone Boy and Daniel Ings as Big Boss Man (The Crown).

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