User Not Found is a production from Dante or Die, who specialise in site-specific theatre, and is written by the celebrated theatre maker Chris Goode. The show is a contemporary exploration of what happens to our digital identities after we die, experienced by audiences through smartphones and headphones.
The Liverpool venues are joining forces for the first time to bring the Edinburgh Festival Fringe hit show to the city on 22 & 23 April 2019, with two performances on each date. User Not Found delighted audiences and won four and five star reviews from critics during its 2018 run at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre.
It’s the moment of your death. There’s a magic button. Do you delete your entire online legacy? Or do you keep it – and leave the choice for someone else?
Terry and Luka were together for nine years until Luka left Terry.
Then Luka died leaving Terry as his online legacy executor. Through smartphones and headphones the audience becomes a fly-on-the-wall to one man faced with keeping or deleting.
In a rapidly changing digital age, a story of contemporary grief unfolds through this intimate, funny performance that gently interrogates our need for connection and the fate of our digital afterlives.
Gordon Millar, Artistic Director and CEO of Unity Theatre, comments:
“User Not Found was one of the standout shows for anyone fortunate enough to have seen it at the Edinburgh Festival last summer. This April, Unity is delighted to present Dante of Die’s insightful exploration of grief and connectivity. Taking place in the ever-dynamic LEAF on Bold Street, this site-specific performance inventively combines smartphones, exceptional writing and tender performance to unite audiences in a truly special, intimate experience.”
LEAF on Bold Street adds:
“We are thrilled to be working with Unity Theatre and Dante or Die to bring this remarkable piece of immersive theatre to our space. Both the history and architectural features of our building lend themselves to community experience and storytelling, and we couldn’t be more excited by this upcoming partnership.”
Daphna Attias and Terry O’Donovan from Dante or Die add:
“After a brilliant Edinburgh Festival and UK tour in 2018, we’re really excited to be bringing User Not Found to new audiences in 2019. It’s great to be starting our tour with our first performance in Liverpool as a company and with this collaboration between Unity Theatre and LEAF on Bold Street. We can’t wait to see what Liverpool audiences make of the show.”
User Not Found is the recipient of In Good Company’s mid-career artist commission and was developed with the support of artsdepot’s Creative Residencies, Southbank Centre, University of Reading, South Street, The New Wolsey Theatre, Roundhouse London & Stone Nest.
The project is funded by IMAF, AHRC, Cockayne – Grants for the Arts & The London Community Foundation, The Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fund & Arts Council England.
Unity Theatre has a strong track record of inspiring collaborations with producers and venues nationally and internationally. Recent successes have included the critically acclaimed Nina: A Story About Me and Nina Simone with Riksteatern (Sweden’s National Theatre Company) and Dead and Breathing (with Ach 468 and The Albany in London). This spring, Unity collaborate with the multi award-winning young peoples’ theatre company 20 Stories High and Theatre Rites on Big Up, a devised contemporary arts show for 3-6 year-olds and everyone who looks after them.
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