19:00, Tue 14th – Sat 18th February 2023 at Corpus Playroom
Lent Week 4
A robot walks into a convent. What could go wrong?
Electric Rosary imagines a not-too-distant future in which human-looking robots are employed in farms, hospitals, even churches. Acting Mother Elizabeth’s decision to open St Grace’s Convent to one of these robots, Mary, elicits mixed responses from her sisters (in spite of the council bursary which comes with the robot, a sizable sum they need to travel to their sister convent in Ecuador). As Mary’s presence exacerbates tensions among the nuns, the struggle for power within the convent echoes unrest across Britain, where Luddites protesters have started attacking and destroying robots.
‘And that celebration is running through my fingers to my toes, through my boots and up my habit to my hymn book and my rosary. Electricity. That’s what a prayer is.'
Hysterically funny and profoundly moving, Electric Rosary blurs the line between women and machines in a poignant exploration of faith, technology and of what it means to be human.