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A Dead Body in Taos

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Guillermo Názara reviews this piece exploring human emptiness and crave through the eyes of the inert, to let us know his thoughts on this production taking place at one of the most alluring venues in London’s Off-West End.

Her mother, Kath, had become involved with a biotech corporation that garnered individuals’ memories and archival photographs to create cyborgs.

He has arrived back to childhood home after many year’s estrangement to prepare his recently deceased father’s body for its journey to afterlife. From Nobel Laureates Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter to theatre greats Tom Stoppard and Alan Bennett to rising stars Polly Stenham and Florian Zeller, Faber Drama presents the very best theatre has to offer. Hats off to Designer Ti Green, Lighting Designer Katy Morison and the Composition and Sound Design team of Ben and Max Ringham.

She started life in the theatre as an actress and is currently writing her next book 'Libertine London.Enough dives headfirst into the cesspool of misogyny, sexism, and racism faced byfemale police officers, delving into the intricate ways discrimination and corruptionmanifests within the police force. David Farr’s incisive and reflective writing appeals to the clash between human vitality and materiality and the developing AI industry as well as touching on human impressionability. There are short scenes where Sam spends time with AI Kath that begin to address this, but it is overlooked in favour of more flashbacks, or time with a lawyer disputing a will.

David Farr brings his wealth of screenwriting and theatrical experience to this difficult subject in a treat of a play that is not always comfortable to watch, but is in turn equally moving, funny and disturbing. View image in fullscreen ‘Compelling’: Eve Ponsonby (left), with Gemma Lawrence and Clara Onyemere, in A Dead Body in Taos. The theme of AI and disembodied consciousness is not new but Kath’s tenacity and the gradual discovery of the motivations behind her decision and her psychological progression as a living person are what make the play so fascinating. It could be a beautiful exploration of grief and how our modern lives inhabit a digital world that leaves footprints behind forever. David Farr, who adapted both The Night Manager and the Midwich Cuckoos for TV, is the pen behind this piece of near sci-fi which explores how artificial intelligence is shaping our lives and deaths.These are the themes that David Farr explores in his new play A Dead Body in Taos currently stopping at Wilton’s Music Hall as part of a UK tour. The body of a 70-year-old woman is found in the New Mexico desert near the town of Taos, a place of pilgrimage for those seeking to embrace alternative forms of living. To transform a genre that is commonly associated with cisgender masculinity into a queer extravaganza is no easy task. If mother and daughter couldn’t resolve their differences in life, how can that be possible when one of them is dead? It’s a mother-daughter relationship that has long since broken down with Kath having abandoned her daughter to live in “the quietest place on earth” following a mental breakdown.

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