Oxia Theatre, a new company founded by graduates of RADA’s MA Theatre Laboratory, makes its debut next week at Golden Goose Theatre, where it has been chosen to open the Emerge 2021 season of new works.
Oxia’s world premiere production of Greg Wilkinson‘s ASSISTED, exploring the pervasiveness of Artificial Intelligence, runs for four performances only from Wednesday 1 December to Saturday 4 December 2021.
Jordan and Connie want their AI voice assistant – Alivia – to make their perfect lives just that little bit better. But happens when the technology starts to take control?
A funny and searching exploration of love and domesticity in the near future.
ASSISTED explores the trend – greatly accelerated over the pandemic – for technology to play a role in the most intimate parts of our day-to-day domestic existence, capturing and manipulating increasing amounts of unfiltered information about ourselves and our lives.
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ASSISTED reflects and speculates on what might happen – in our use of language, in how we love, and in how we exercise agency – as that technology stops being purely our servant.
ASSISTED is the debut play by author Greg Wilkinson as well as the debut production by Oxia Theatre, a fledgling company seeking to address vital and urgent issues through original work and new writing.
The play is performed by Oxia’s James Boyd, Jessica Munna and Emma Wilkinson Wright, and directed by Gareth Watkins. Movement is by Mandy Gordon, lighting and sound by Chuma Emembolu. ASSISTED is produced by Tomás Barry for Oxia, with Sarah Lawrie as production consultant.
Photography by Eleanor Collini.
About the Golden Goose Theatre
The Golden Goose is a new theatre close to the heart of Camberwell in south London. Founded by writer/director Michael Kingsbury, who is also the artistic director of the White Bear Theatre in Kennington, and led by Georgia Leanne Harris as artistic director, the Golden Goose aims to produce and programme new work from upcoming creatives and more established practitioners eager to forge new directions in their work.
ASSISTED runs from 1 to 4 December 2021 at the Golden Goose Theatre, 146 Camberwell New Rd, Vassal, London SE5 0RR, with performances at 7.30pm, matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 3.30pm. Tickets priced £12 (concessions £10). CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!