Can a robot ever replace a real human relationship? Kashyap Raja’s new play Version 2.0 considers this near-future dilemma and other issues around social media and female consent that resonate strongly right now. Check out our bumper gallery of stunning photography from Kevin Michael Reed’s world premiere production, which runs at London’s Leicester Square Theatre from 20 February to 3 March 2018 – and then get booking!
Kash, a playwright, is obsessed with his childhood friend and actor Karen. Kash expresses his love for Karen by writing plays for her. Their friendship falls apart when Karen rejects Kash, after which he isolates himself from everyone and 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 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. The premiere production 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.
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).