Quintessence

Theatre (sci-fi, solo show)

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  • Sweet Novotel - Novotel 1
  • 13:20
  • Aug 25
  • 45 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Emily Carding / Sweet Productions
  • Warnings and additional info: None
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

A combination of cataclysmic events results in the extinction of the human race, leaving behind an AI being programmed to recreate humanity when the time is right, with the complete works of Shakespeare as a guide to the human spirit. Humanity must thrive... but at what cost? This original sci-fi storytelling show was inspired by Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and will leave you wondering who the real monster is. Originally created in collaboration with the London Science Museum, written and performed by award-winning actor Emily Carding (Richard III (A One-Woman show)).

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Audience arrive at box office which is on street level. FOH call audience when the show is ready, audience go through double doors to foyer where all three performance spaces are. Audiences are directed to the correct room for their show. The accessible toilet is reached by using the lift in the box office area to the lower level. Any audience member who would like early access or first seating can mention this to box office staff when they arrive.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access, Lift (Building Lift)

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Bob Lambert 82 days ago

*****
Go. Go and see this. It is superb.

Humanity destroys itself, having almost destroyed the planet, but leaves behind a set of AI driven guardian androids controlled by a central computer, Prospero. The androids are driven by one overriding rule - "Humans Must Thrive", and guided by the works of Shakespeare to provide an insight into what constitutes humanity. The androids then set about creating humanity 2.0 from DNA fragments.

Writer and performer Emily Carding is astonishing, intertwining the robot's logical commentary with the extracts from Shakespeare it is using to guide its view of what the essence of humanity really is. Switching effortlessly from android to Shakespearean character and back again, Carding never misses a beat, asking us to question what exactly makes us human, and to ponder would we still be human without the characteristics that are driving us to destroy nature.

A compelling watch from start to finish.

Alan Coyne (@DoyleELF) 82 days ago

I'd been looking forward to this one for ages, and was not at all disappointed. Emily Carding is a highly intelligent & versatile actor, physically transforming herself into a totally believable android, and switching through drastically different Shakespearean characters with complete ease & mastery. We were talking about this show for a long time after it was over, and how much we would love to see her in full versions of each of the shows whose characters she portrayed. This show is funny, smart, compelling, and inspiring. If you're a fan of sci-fi, Star Trek, Shakespeare, or excellent physical performance, this one's for you!

Robert Meteyard 85 days ago

Bright nuggets of Shakespeare come at you direct and extraordinary in this intriguing and compelling exceptional performance. Go see it if you possibly can.

Sarah Vass 85 days ago

What a powerful, thought provoking piece, beautifully directed and performed. Emily Carding’s energetic and intense performance is masterful. Can’t wait to see her in Caliban’s Codex tomorrow.

H.D. 86 days ago

Caught this show today and was very glad I did. The story is what caught my attention, but the actor was brilliant and very captivating. Real talent to be able to show such a range of emotion and switch between characters/modes! The use of sound and lighting is very effective, especially the red lighting section. A fab show that has left me thinking long afterwards! Go see!

Nigel Morris 87 days ago

Brilliant, fantastic concept and an exceptional performance.

Emma 88 days ago

I really enjoyed this yesterday. An imagined future where Shakespeare lives on! The delivery was great, moving cleverly between convincing characters with my favourite Shakespeare quotes weaved in. Really effective make up and lighting. Definitely worth seeing.

James Tringham 89 days ago

Really impressive, and highly recommended. The show recasts Prospero's spirit Ariel as a benign robot, almost Forbidden Planet style. Humanity has all but destroyed itself, but is being tended by Ariel. Ariel's ethics are gleaned from the Complete Shakespeare. Emily Carding plays the robot very effectively, in suitably mechanical style. But she also bursts out into acting as people playing excerpts from Shakespeare, and into Sir David Attenborough at one point. The flip from human to robot is really well done, and part of the fun is trying to identify the quotes, and who she could be playing. One of the best two or three shows I have seen at this year's Fringe.

Hannah D. 89 days ago

What a performance! It leaves you thinking and wondering. The acting was awesome and I utterly enjoyed the AI character. Absolutely fantastic. Thanks for the recommendation @bluegoattheatre


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The List (3/5 stars) 79 days ago

A precise performance adrift in the uncanny valley...

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 79 days ago

Emily Carding is one of the UK’s leading Shakespearian actors. She’s previously demonstrated her formidable talent and versatility in her one-woman versions of Richard III and Hamlet (An Experience). In Quintessence,originally commissioned by the London Science Museum, she gives us a theatrical mixtape of Shakespeare’s greatest hits held together with...

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