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  • Love is... or Mechanical Rubber Ducks Sink in Bathtubs

    Fri 26 & Sat 27 Jan at 9pm
    Tickets £8 - £12
    A RomCom written by a robot.

    Content Notice
    Running Time 60 mins
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Wheelchair Accessible
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Assistance dogs welcome
    Content Notice
    Content NoticeSuicidal ideation. One character, a computer, decides to ends its life which is represented through the screen turning off. Age guidance 15+
    Health Notice
    Health NoticeFlashing Lights,Loud Noises

    RomComs are strange things. They’re our go-to watch for comfort viewing and we like how they make us feel all gooey inside. However, they harbour a dark heart in their presentation of gender, money, and the systems of power that govern our lives.

    Daedalus is a technician for Ersatz Inc, a multinational mass media and entertainment conglomerate. QT is a hyper intelligent supercomputer built to help him. Together they are tasked with telling the perfect love story. However, as QT starts to fall apart and the story begins to lose its plot, the whole system is called into question.

    Created by feeding the scripts of around 100 rom-coms into text-generating Artificial Intelligence software, Love is, or Mechanical Rubber Ducks Sink in Bathtubs is a love letter to and takedown of the romantic comedy genre.

    Supported by Lighthouse Poole and Camden People's Theatre.

    "[The show] gave me hope in what is still yet to be told in the storytelling industry."
    Audience feedback
    "[...] beautifully directed by William Byam Shaw. Shaw’s sense of pace and understanding of structure are excellent."
    All Edinburgh Theatre on previous work
    "The play touches on incredibly wounding topics, but does so brilliantly and with startling sensitivity."
    A Young(ish) Perspective on previous work

    "Our children live in the most deprived ward in London and their parents cannot afford to pay for the classes and activities many more privileged children enjoy after school and at the weekends. A free-to-access youth group run by a local theatre in a professional setting is an incredible opportunity."

    Local school teacher