Live Lab Elevator Double Bill review

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I’ve never really been concerned about the future holds for us human beings living on earth as I like to live in the present, but after seeing Live Lab Elevator’s Double Bill I am now slightly worried about what could happen to the human race.

Experiencing two rather different pieces of theatre, they both had that same theme of the future and what humans can turn into as technological advancements grow stronger.

ParkLife

The first of the double bill was ParkLife, presented by The Six Twenty, written by Mhairi Ledgerwood and directed by Melanie Rashbrooke.

It focused on two characters who are adapting to life in a space ship (as Earth is now underwater). Being confined in such a small space in time they find themselves thinking about their memories, trying to hold on to the good ones and forgetting the bad ones.

ParkLife made me worry about the future of our life on planet earth, we see this two characters played by Amy Foley and Chris Foley being controlled by a computer- having the power to delete or save previous memories. It got me thinking about technology now, just look at those voice activated stations that can order anything you wish by physically asking it to. I swear technology is getting to clever for its own good.

Having a minimal set, it felt a little medical but I felt that was apt to the story as it alienated me and separated the relationship between us the and actors. Rather than feeling warm and having a connection with the characters, having this set up on stage meant that we could simply focus on what was happening. And really take a step back and remember or forget what was happening.

Sex with Robots and Other Devices

Talking about forgetting what is happening, have you ever thought about having sex with a robot that looks like a human? Yea it’s a rather strange idea but that is what Cloakroom Theatre Winner of the 2016 Live Lab Bursary thought may happen in 2018.

Cloakroom Theatre looked at how technology can affect out love lives and have a massive impact on our moral compass. Making us think if we throw our phones away have we just committed a murder?  As those robots had feelings what’s to say our other devices don’t?

Again like ParkLife, it was an alienating set that really alienated me and me start to question how much control I let my devices have over me.

The performance was really about how smart devices really have a strong relationship with us humans and really affect what they do to us.

You can see both these shows in Live Lab Elevator Double Bill at 7.30pm on Friday 24 February, and Elevator festival is at Live Theatre, Newcastle until Saturday 25 February 2017 with new theatre, workshops and talks.

Gemma Hirst
Live Theatre Blogger, February

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