Uncanny Valley

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Information

Time: 2.30pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7.30pm & 8.30pm. 

Tickets: Pay What You Can (Recommended Price £18)

Running Time: 60 mins

Age Guidance: 14+

This event takes place in person in our Council Chamber.

What is human? What is machine? ‘Uncanny Valley’ is the unease we feel when we see something that looks almost real…

In Rimini Protokoll Company’s UK premiere, author Thomas Melle sits on stage. But this is not him. This is an almost perfect animatronic copy of his appearance, gestures and voice with 32 motors controlling each movement and a gentle hum underscoring the monologue.

Interrogating the relationship between human originals and robotic copies in response to Melle’s own experiences of bipolar disorder, ‘Uncanny Valley’ explores the questions:

Does the original get to know himself better through his electronic double? Do the copy and his original compete or do they help each other? And what does it mean for the original when the copy takes over…?

 

Originally produced by the Münchner Kammerspiele, in coproduction with Berliner FestspieleImmersion, donaufestival (Krems), Feodor Elutine (Moscow), FOG Triennale Milano Performing Arts (Milano), Temporada Alta – Festival de Tador de Catalunya (Girona), SPRING Utrecht

This performance is Pay What You Can.

ACCESS

PRE EVENT INFORMATION

This event takes place in person in our Council Chamber. This space is on the first floor, with step-free access available via a lift.

If you have booked a ticket you will receive an email from us before your performance detailing important information about your visit. If you would like to read about our current COVID safety measures in place, you can find out more about what to expect here.

PERSONAL ASSISTANT/COMPANION TICKETS

If you require the assistance of a friend or helper to attend, we can make a free ticket available for your companion. You can book access companion tickets online or contact the Box Office to book by emailingaccess@bac.org.uk. 

To book a free access companion online:

  • log in to your account here
  • go to ‘Other preferences’ and tick ‘I require a personal assistant/companion’.
  • Choose the performance, date and seats you would like and if you add at least 2 tickets to your basket, then one of these will automatically become free.

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION

Captioned performance: Fri 25 Feb, 6pm
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Socially distanced performance: Fri 25 Feb, 6pm

Content

  • This performance contains flashing lights, one moment of complete darkness, and one moment of loud music.
  • This performance references suicide.

All performances will be Relaxed. We invite you to make yourself comfortable and move around if you need to and if you need to leave the performance at any point you will be allowed to return to the space when you feel ready.

PRE-SHOW INFORMATION

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WE’RE GOOD TO GO

We have been recognised by the National Tourist Associations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, that we are operating within the COVID-19 Industry Standard.
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FACE MASKS

We encourage all audience members to wear a mask whilst sat in performance spaces and when moving around our building (unless you’re exempt).

SOCIALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCES

We have a limited number of socially distanced performances for most shows, so you can choose when you feel most comfortable attending.
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Our COVID booking policy means that it’s easy to exchange your tickets if you are unable to attend.

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