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Electric Rosary

By Tim Foley

Arrangement with Nick Hern Books

 

PERFORMANCES

12th - 14th September 2024


 

Director - Rosie Owen

Workshops: Tuesday 28th and Thursday 20th May

Auditions: Sunday 2nd June

Synopsis

Behind the crumbling walls of St Grace’s Convent, an exhausted order of nuns needs resurrecting. As Easter approaches, Mother Elizabeth has just the thing.

Behold ‘Mary’, a council funded robot. Practical and surprisingly funny, for some a blessing, for others a curse - could she be the revelation they have all been praying for?

Electric Rosary is a sharp, timely and gloriously funny play, asking what faith really means in the age of artificial intelligence and what it is to be human in tomorrow’s world.

Characters
 

Elizabeth - Acting Mother

Playing age - 60+

Elizabeth is just about hanging on to being in charge. She wants what it best for the Sisters and believes she knows exactly what that is. She is almost concealing frustration and self doubt beneath a professional exterior.

 

Constance - Sister

Playing age - 65+

Constance is the most senior nun in the convent (aside from the bed bound Sister Patricia) and believes she should be the acting mother, despite the fact she doesn’t really want to be. She is cantankerous, blunt and distrusting of all things technological. She is a fierce figure, but cares deeply about the Sisters and her duties.
 

Phillipa - Sister

Playing age - 40+

Phillipa is a local woman, who used to run the farmland attached to the convent with her husband. She is kind and positive and has the hardy, practical nature of a farmer, but is hiding a secret of which she is deeply ashamed.
 

Theresa - A Novice

Playing age - 25+

Theresa is relentlessly positive. She has complete, unquestioning faith and is super happy about it. Although devoted, she does find sticking to her duties a little challenging and is prone to daydreaming about karaoke.
 

Mary - A Robot

Mary is ageless although she has been built to resemble an adult woman. She has a vast and varied bank of skills and her humour output level has not been reduced. She learns by example and becomes less “robotic” as the play progresses. Mary might be malfunctioning … or she might be receiving messages from a higher power, she’s not quite sure.
 

Child - A Luddite and a Martyr

Playing age - 13+

The Child appears in Mary’s visions. They claim to bring a message from “Him”, whoever that might be. They are all knowing and have existed eternally. They are not human, but then, neither is Mary. Later they appear as a Luddite, a group of anti-robot activists who reject technology and are engaging in ever more violent protests. She is angry at a world that appears to have forgotten her people.

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