ELIZA’s Adventures in the Uncanny Valley | Rescheduled to May 2021

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Updated: January 9th, 2020

Pan Pan Theatre presents

ELIZA’s Adventures in the Uncanny Valley

Lime Tree Theatre | Wed, 5th May, 2021 | 8pm | €20/€18

ELIZA’s Adventures in the Uncanny Valley explores what it is to be human, how artificial intelligence modifies human characteristics resulting in the scrutiny of what is real and what is illusion. 

In the early 1960s, MIT developed artificial intelligence software called ELIZA, its title a reference to Shaw’s Pygmalion. ELIZA made certain kinds of conversations between humans and computers possible. Our ELIZA is sent into an anonymous motel, where she interacts with four characters mysteriously booked into the same room.

Some of them seem to be barely alive, others too much so, and others may not be real. We are observers to a test: ELIZA is both learning from and assessing these individuals. In a series of scripted scenes, they explore love, death, metaphysics, evil and evolution, probing the points in our society where boundaries may be on the verge of disintegrating. 

ELIZA’S Adventures in the Uncanny Valley is the search for a perfect, ‘scripted’ performance. Our ELIZA’s digital self and physical self-blur but will lead her to evolve into a more magical world, into imagination and the stratum of her true self. But of course Intelligent response is a trick. It all has to be scripted…..but can a Robot write poetry? 

ELIZA: Genevieve Hulme-Beaman 

Marvin: Andrew Bennett 

Sophia: Amy Malloy 

Mrs Higgins: Jane Mc Grath 

Eric: Dylan Tighe 

Written by Eugene O’ Brien and Gavin Quinn 

Directed by Gavin Quinn 

Designed by Aedín Cosgrove 

Music by Si Schroeder 

Movement Director Katherine O’Malley 

Dramaturg Nicholas Johnson 

Photography Ros Kavanagh


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