Sex With Robots and Other Devices

March 16, 2018


King’s Head Theatre and Cloakroom Theatre present a new play by Nessah Muthy. Directed by Bobby Brook.


Winner of The King’s Head Theatre’s Adrian Pagan Award

Winner of the Live Theatre Newcastle Elevator Lab Bursary. 


Consider the future of sex. The terrifying, the inevitable, or perhaps the exciting answer to our problems. In a world where your partner can arrive in an Amazon package, or your child can be chosen off the shop shelf, how much will curiosity and ease play into people’s temptation.

Sex With Robots and Other Devices is the new play from Writers’ Guild nominee Nessah Muthy (Heroine, The Host, Gastronauts), presented in a co-production between King’s Head Theatre ​and Cloakroom Theatre. Cloakroom are an all-female collective, and are working with an all-female creative team to create the show. Sex With Robots directly precedes the King’s Head’s Who Runs The World? season (by female playwrights), and is a direct response to the under-representation of female voices in theatre.


“I turned it off. Shut it down. Re-booted it. It started asking questions and I didn’t want that, made me feel uncomfortable.”


The piece has been inspired by a wealth of research including the work of Isaac Asimov, Abyss Creations and their development of 'real dolls’, and the Science Museum's robotics exhibition 2017. It takes a bold look at the development of robotics, and the ethics behind their use in day to day life. Having been explored by numerous Films and Television series, Sex With Robots and Other Devices is a unique concept for the stage and live audiences.  


This new production is the third winner of the Adrian Pagan Award for which the prize is a full production at the King’s Head Theatre along with artistic, producing and fundraising mentorship. Adrian Pagan was a stage manager for ten years before his first play, The Backroom, won the Verity Bargate award and was produced by the Bush Theatre. The award was set up following his tragic death at the age of 39. The first winner of the award was Thomas Pickles’ Dead Party Animals and the second was Kate Lock’s Russian Dolls.


​Artistic Director of King’s Head Theatre Adam Spreadbury-Mayer says:


'With the third Adrian Pagan Award, I was looking for an extraordinary theatre company with an exciting, thought provoking and entertaining state-of-the-nation story to tell. Sex with Robots and Other Devices by Nessah Muthy is a fascinating exploration of robotics and sexuality, revealing not only who we are but where we might be going next. I can’t wait to share it with our audiences.’ 


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