In the near future, in a low budget TV station, embittered one time movie director Chandler Tate presides over the latest recording of medical soap opera “Hospital Hearts”. His actors aren’t human, but “actoids” – mechanical human replicants who go through pre-set programmes, and the same sets of emotions over and over again. Until one of them doesn’t. Juvenile actoid JC-333 begins to see the funny side, to break her programming and embark on a quest to identify what it takes to be human. And when idealistic young script writer Adam Trainsmith arrives on the scene, the stage is set for a highly unusual romance. This extremely entertaining play by Alan Ayckbourn takes the audience on something of a journey, with scenes of tenderness, adventure, and slapstick comedy, as our heroes go on the run from powerful TV executives, determined to bring Jacie Tripplethree to heel and wipe her memory. It’s a very clever satire on the TV production industry, as well as evoking memories of the classic comedians of a bygone age, including Buster Keaton, and Laurel and Hardy.
Robert Gairey will be embarking on his first directing challenge for Everyman in May 2019, and will be using his pitch night tonight to explain his love of this play, to describe the weird and wonderful characters, and his ideas for staging it in Chapter.
There will be an opportunity to rehearse and perform extracts from the play, and Robert will be able to answer any questions you may have about this fantastic, and highly original play.