Jordan and Connie want their next-generation AI voice assistant – Alivia – to make their perfect lives just that little bit better. But what happens when the technology starts to take control?
Assisted comes to the stage of London’s Drayton Arms Theatre next month. It is a funny and searching exploration of love and domesticity in the near future.
And it explores the trend for technology to play a role in the most intimate parts of our day-to-day domestic existence.
How much do we know about its capabilities in capturing and manipulating increasing amounts of unfiltered information about ourselves and our lives?
It speculates what might happen to our lives if that technology stops being purely a servant and becomes sentient.
Assisted is the debut production of Oxia Theatre – a fledgling company founded by graduates of RADA’s MA Theatre Laboratory and has been penned by the company’s writer-in-residence Greg Wilkinson.
This is their inaugural production, exploring the pervasiveness of Artificial Intelligence in the home.
Assisted, directed by Gwenan Bain, stars Oxia’s artistic director, Emma Wilkinson Wright (Love, Genius And A Walk, Theatre Technis; Secret Thoughts, Southwark Playhouse; Hamlet, Tower Theatre and The After Dinner Joke, Greenwich Theatre); Jessica Munna (Richard II, Macbeth, as well as her own writing with such works as The Dirty Thirty, Rosemary Branch theatre) and James Boyd (Love, Genius And A Walk, Theatre Technis and End Of An Era, Arcola Theatre).
The play was selected by the Golden Goose Theatre in London to open the EMERGE2021 festival, a season of new works by recent graduates into theatre and live performance.
Assisted runs at the Drayton Arms Theatre, Old Brompton Road from July 12 – 16 prior to a full-length run at the @TheSpaceUK at the upcoming Edinburgh Fringe.