Verdant Productions, Four Rivers and The Civic Theatre present Isla by Tim Price, a dark comedy about a widower and a talking device.
Featuring Mark Lambert, Tina Kelleher and Sarah Madigan, directed by Davey Kelleher.
Roger needs company and he doesn’t want a dog. When his daughter Erin buys him the latest Isla digital assistant, an unexpected relationship between man and technology emerges. But who’s really in control? This thought provoking and emotionally charged play delves into the complex themes of loss, resilience and the human capacity for hope in the face of adversity. Hilarious at times, the characters emerge through a lens of heightened familiarity, reflecting on the potential pitfalls and humorous consequences of our increasing reliance on artificial intelligence while reminding us of the qualities that make human interactions so wonderfully unpredictable and funny. A touching and troubling inquiry into our relationship with AI.
“Mark Lambert is superb, finding hues of sympathy and compassion in a character in which such responses are not always invited.” – The Guardian
“A dynamic, interesting watch – delivering laughs and tears, Isla puts both hope and horror on offer, with a few laughs along the way.” – BBC 4
“It is a play that both entertains and challenges as a result.” – What’s On Stage
“Dark, multi-layered comedy – Mark Lambert gives a Herculean performance as Roger… With deeply thought-provoking results” – The Stage UK ****
Supported by The Arts Council