Them and Us - two short plays about machines
20/01/22 - 22/01/22
To be staged in the Salisbury Studio, Thursday 27, Friday 28 and Saturday 29 January 2022
READING AND INTRODUCTION: Tuesday 28 September at 7.30 pm
AUDITIONS: Thursday 30 September at 7.30 pm
From Little Acorns Grow (please note: this play is already cast)
Acorn is a robot built for one purpose and one purpose only; gardening. Waking up in a warehouse without any of her memories intact and surrounded by broken down robots all with the same face, she starts to piece together the centuries she spent with her friends rebuilding the Earth’s ecosystem after humanity finally destroyed it and by extension themselves.
The Man Who Built The Tin Man - we will be auditioning for this play! See below
Douglas Miller is the greatest inventor of his generation having perfected the formula for artificial intelligence. Now he sits in his mansion as money from his patents rolls in and his creations become synonymous with modern life. But when a child jumps into a swimming pool to save their AI companion and drowns as a consequence Douglas must start asking big questions about culpability and moral responsibility.
Douglas - Male 30s/40s
An inventor whose success in developing advanced AI has made him a billionaire at a young age. A moral person who is slowly being crushed under the guilt of what he may be responsible for. A genius being tortured by his conscious.
Stephanie - Female, any age
A lawyer who specialises in criminal law, hired by Douglas to comb through the incident to determine the degree of responsibility that sits with him for what happened. Professional, considered and with a reputation for strong ethical practice.
Giles - Any gender, any age, voice only role (possibly pre-recorded)
The original AI that Douglas created, now tasked with running his home. A lesser version of Giles is used as the virtual assistant on Stephanie's phone.