As we celebrate 30 years of the web, watch a dystopian fable that asks: who is in control of our technologies?
Celebrate the anniversary of the web by watching a performance online – and celebrate World Theatre Day too, while you're at it.
From 27 March to 10 April you can watch Golem, 1927's dystopian myth for the 21st century. Drawing on the myth of the Golem – the story of a man who fashions a creature out of clay to work for him – 1927 has created an original production exploring humans and machines.
Located in a fictional yet familiar world, where technology and the market economy have evolved to a point of transcending the boundaries of human control, 'Golem' has become a must have, an indispensable ingredient for a better life. But its very existence threatens the prospect of those who created it.
The show cleverly and satirically explores one of the great questions of the modern world: who or what is in control of our technologies? Like a giant graphic novel burst into life, Golem blends 1927's trademark synthesis of handmade animation, claymation, live music and performance. The Times describes it as "a Frankenstein for the 21st century... alive with irony, imagination and humanity".
"A Frankenstein for the 21st century... alive with irony, imagination and humanity"
1927 is an award-winning Margate-based company that specialises in combining performance and live music with animation and film to create magical filmic theatre. Founded in 2005 by Suzanne Andrade and Paul Barritt, the company also includes composer Lilian Henley and producer Jo Crowley.
Previous productions include The Animals and Children Took to the Streets which featured in the British Council's Edinburgh Showcase 2011 and has been presented over 400 times in 80 venues across 28 countries. The company's newest show Roots will premiere in the US in May 2019.
The film has been commissioned by The Space, a commissioning and development organisation established by Arts Council England and the BBC to support greater digital access to the arts. It's being broadcast by partners around the world to celebrate World Theatre Day. The stream is also part of Anyone//Anywhere, the British Council's global season celebrating the 30th anniversary of the web.
At a glance:
What can I watch?
A performance of Golem from 1927.
When can I watch it?
The stream launches at 19:00 (GMT) on Wednesday 27 March. It's available to watch online until 17:00 (BST) on Wednesday 10 April.
1 hour 30 minutes
Will there be subtitles?
Subtitles available in English, French and German.
Strong language. Includes animated clay models with images of nudity.
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