No we are not reviewing the new Daft Punk album, although it must be said that art came off second best in that battle. No, this review is for the play Robots vs. Art which is currently showing at The Blue Room theatre in Northbridge. Since we have previously written about the Blue Room theatre itself, and because no one likes a sycophant, we’ll skip straight to the review of the production.
Robots vs. Art is a new play by ex-Perthian Travis Cotton. It stars some well known figures in our arts scene, namely Damon Lockwood who seems to have a finger in many different pies at the moment, including being a member of the literary enterprise Regime Books and guest presenting on RTRfm.
Lockwood plays the lead, Giles, who along with all other humans has been enslaved by robots and forced to work and live in deep underground mines under the constant threat of being beaten to death by ‘the chain’. A theatre director prior to the robot revolution, Giles is one day given a reprieve by Master Bot (played by Sean Walsh) who fancies himself a bit of a playwright and gives Giles the task of turning his script into a stage production for the robot masses. What ensues is a fast paced and comical exploration of art and humanity. It could also be read as a satire of the current state of the arts, especially in Perth where the State Government seems to put little value in supporting artists and art venues. Surely it can’t be a coincidence that the only use for humans in this dystopian future is in mining?
Robots vs Art is a very witty and highly entertaining production. A character and dialogue driven comedy it is dependent on the actors to make it a success. And they certainly do Cotton’s script justice with Lockwood and Ben Mortley (who plays Claw Bot) particularly good in their roles; their comedic timing perfect at many points during the night.
The play runs until June 1st and is well worth seeing. Tickets available here.