Uncanny Valley Tickets London Theatre

Uncanny Valley Tickets

What is human? What is machine?

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‘Uncanny Valley’ is the unease we feel when we see something that looks almost real…

In Rimini Protokoll Company’s UK premiere, author Thomas Melle sits on stage. But this is not him. This is an almost perfect animatronic copy of his appearance, gestures and voice with 32 motors controlling each movement and a gentle hum underscoring the monologue.

Interrogating the relationship between human originals and robotic copies in response to Melle’s own experiences of bipolar disorder, ‘Uncanny Valley’ explores the questions:

Does the original get to know himself better through his electronic double? Do the copy and his original compete or do they help each other? And what does it mean for the original when the copy takes over…?

Age Recommendation: 14+

Critic reviews

Stefan Kaegi's creation is astonishing

Broadway World

Fascinating robotic lecture on aspects of the self

· The Arts Desk

Philosophical exercise from a robot performer

· The Stage

An extraordinary, cerebral production

· Everything Theatre

Unsettling show that poses big questions

· The Guardian

It's certainly a cool concept

· WhatsOnStage

A robot appears in Battersea, narrates its life-story – and starts, like a human, to die

· The Telegraph
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Date & time

Show ended
Tue 22 Feb - Sat 26 Feb 2022
2.30pm, 6pm, 7.30pm & 8.30pm
Runtime: 1 hr


Lavender Hill, Battersea SW11 5TN London, UK · Get Directions

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Photo by Gabriela Neeb
Photo by Gabriela Neeb
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