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Pan Pan Theatre, Ireland
ELIZA’S Adventures in the Uncanny Valley | Samuel Beckett Theatre | 3-7 Oct
 Photo © Ros Kavanagh

More than any other theater troupe I can think of, Pan Pan finds the soul-muddling angst in the Internet age, when computers with cameras and microphones instantly serve up private lives for public consumption
The New York Times
 
In the early 1960s, MIT developed artificial intelligence software called ELIZA, its title a direct reference to Shaw’s Pygmalion. ELIZA made certain kinds of natural language conversations between humans and computers possible.
But of course, intelligent response is a trick. It all has to be scripted. So how can a robot write poetry?
 
This Eliza is sent into an anonymous motel, where she interacts with four characters who are all 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: between technology and organic life, or between consciousness, non-consciousness and unconsciousness.
 
The concept of the uncanny valley suggests that humanoid objects which appear almost, but not exactly, like real human beings elicit uncanny, or strangely familiar, feelings of eeriness and revulsion in observers.
 
ELIZA’S Adventures in the Uncanny Valley is the search for a perfect, ‘scripted’ performance.
 
This production is funded by the Arts Council.
 
Cast and Creative Team
Text by Eugene O’Brien and Gavin Quinn
Directed by Gavin Quinn
Cast includes: Andrew Bennett, Genevieve Hulme-Beaman, Jane McGrath, Amy Molloy, Dylan Tighe
Design: Aedín Cosgrove
Music: Si Schroeder
Dramaturgy by Nicholas Johnson
 
Information and Tickets
Venue: Samuel Beckett Theatre
Preview: 3 Oct, 7.30pm
Dates: 4 & 5 Oct, 7.30pm
6 Oct, 2.30pm & 7.30pm
7 Oct, 2.30pm
Tickets: €20–€30
Duration: Approx. 1 hr 40 mins. No interval.
Talking Theatre: 6 Oct, post-show (7.30pm). With Gavin Quinn and members of the company.
 
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