About the Play

This merger of man and machine, coupled with the sudden explosion in machine intelligence and rapid innovation in gene research and nanotechnology, will result in a world where there is no distinction between the biological and the mechanical, or between physical and virtual reality. These technological revolutions will allow us to transcend our frail bodies with all their limitations. Ray Kurzweil in The Singularity is Near (2006), p.39

Cuckoos and Chrysalides depicts a certain slice of space/time where the possibilities of this technology are just beginning to take shape. In this way, the idea of being human is cognitively estranged from us without being totally alienating. Their fears of becoming a file or a copy can be empathised with. There are those who are afraid or are unable to afford the service, which emphasises its early stage in its inception.

The play shows how much fears stay the same even in an extrapolated future – Science Fiction is adept at staging our current fears rather than simply state future predictions, after all.

Caitlin is one of the few to use the service, although it backfires where choice paralysis leaves her frozen in her decision to activate her children. She is waiting for the time that is right for her, which becomes less and less of a possibility. Caitlin is now at the point where she has exceeded her bandwidth and is under pressure to activate her children to avoid their “transfer”, whatever this may be.

We are also treated to an inner view of cyberspace and how the term has evolved through the ages, becoming less and less estranged in our eyes as time goes on. However, can the term of human become more estranged at the same time? In a world where we cannot measure consciousness- how can we tell who we are any more?

Performance Dates

  • 7:30pm to 8:30pm, August 14th 2015
  • 7:30pm to 8:30pm, August 15th 2015
  • 7:30pm to 8:30pm, August 16th 2015

Venue: London Welsh Centre and Trust

Price: £10/8 (Conc)