Got your tickets yet for Version 2.0, Kashyap Raja’s new play exploring issues of robotics and female consent? Kevin Michael Reed’s world premiere production runs at London’s Leicester Square Theatre from 20 February to 3 March 2018. Sneak a peek into rehearsals with our photo gallery – and then get booking!
Kash, a playwright, is obsessively in love with his childhood friend Karen. Kash silently expresses his love for Karen by writing plays for her and she returns his admiration by acting in them.
Their enduring friendship falls apart when Karen rejects Kash, infuriating him to such an extent that he refuses to see her again. After the rejection, he isolates himself from everyone and gradually falls into a depression.
A robotic society offers Kash an opportunity to live with a humanoid companion, and in return that society wants him to introduce their robots to the world via the means of theatre. Kash accepts the invitation and creates a robot that looks exactly like Karen. He prepares a new show with the humanoid lookalike of Karen and presents her in front of a live audience.
Challenging the superficiality of modern society and exploring the effect of social media culture on society, Version 2.0 asks whether a robot can ever replace a real human and how much screen interactions can supplant face-to-face relationships.
Version 2.0 stars Tim Atkinson and Tracey Pickup. It’s directed by Kevin Michael Reed and designed by Martin Scott Marchitto, with original music by John Kerfoot and costumes by Jovana Gospavic. It’s presented by Squire Lane Theatrical and follows the company’s sell-out in December with new British prison drama, Shadows, also directed by Reed.
Version 2.0 runs at London’s Leicester Square Theatre from 20 February to 3 March 2018, with performances (90 minutes) Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, Saturday matinees at 3.30pm. Tickets are priced £17 (concessions £15).