An amazing state-of-the-art robot will take centre stage as part of a play about Alzheimers to be performed at The Georgian Theatre Royal on Sunday 13 November at 7.30pm.
Pipeline Theatre’s Spillikin premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe last year – attracting 5* reviews – and was nominated for the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award. It is a deeply touching exploration of love and explores the themes of relationships, death and the increasing role of technology in our human world.
It’s the 1970s. Sally likes Debbie Harry. Raymond likes making robots; they’re an unlikely pair. Fifty years later, after a long, childless and sometimes bumpy marriage, Sally has Alzheimers. Before Raymond died he created a robot, uploaded with his memories, to keep her company. It’s the ultimate love letter from beyond the grave: an endlessly patient memory-jogger and singing partner, it gives order to her confusion and becomes a new partner in the oddest of odd-couple romances. But as Sally’s mind fades, will the robot be more of a comfort or a threat?
Pipeline’s artistic director and designer Alan Munden has personal experience of Alzheimers: “Making work about what you know or desire better to understand, I think lends it integrity. My mother has Alzheimers. I am frightened when I try to imagine her experience, but intrigued and excited to manifest it on stage, and I wish I had the patience of a robot.”
To realise this extraordinary piece of theatre, Pipeline has collaborated with Engineered Arts, a leading Cornwall-based robotics company, and is one of the first users of this ground-breaking technology.
After the show, there will be a Q & A session with a chance to meet the cast, as well as the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the robot, who can even answer questions himself.