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Why Not Theatre


Why Not Theatre share an early insight into the evolution of Nicolas Billon’s gripping new play that frames computer code as the universal language and currency of power.

After an artificial superintelligence is accidentally released into the ‘wild’ of the internet, a chase ensues to recapture it. But how will it treat its creators? With malevolence, benevolence, or indifference?

Based at the Barbican for a week of research and development, this innovative Toronto-based team reveal the discoveries they’re making in shaping this prescient piece of theatre. Finding inspiration in the biblical tale of the Tower of Babel, they investigate the moral conundrums raised by the creation of a new intelligence.

This event will start at 2pm

1 hour (no interval). A 30-minute workshop presentation followed by a discussion and Q&A session on the themes of the play
Age guidance 14+

This free event is open to Barbican Members and Young Barbican members only. Sign up to Barbican Membership or Young Barbican today. 


Presented by the Barbican

Why Not Theatre acknowledges the support of the Government of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts and Stratford Festival

Part of Life Rewired

A season exploring what it means to be human when technology is changing everything
‘Have earned their voice at the centre of Canada’s cultural landscape and are using it powerfully‘
Toronto Star on Why Not Theatre

£5 Young Barbican exhibition tickets

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