Festival / Performance / 30 September - 10 October 2020

To Be a Machine (Version 1.0)

Tickets: €12-€15
Show Time: 19:30

An early release of a future project from Dead Centre. Adapted from the Wellcome Prize-winning book by Mark O’Connell, this event attempts to re-imagine theatre without the hindrance of the body.

Be the best audience member you can be by uploading yourself into the crowd for this exploration of technology, the race to defeat death, and the limits of live performance. Featuring Jack Gleeson trying to be or not to be a machine.

Tickets are booked through Dublin Theatre Festival. When you book your ticket, they will send you a link via email.

Complete the booking process by clicking the link and recording a video of your face. This video will be used in the performance. The recording is very simple – all you need is a computer or phone with a camera. It takes about 30 seconds.

After you have uploaded your video you will be sent another link to watch the show.


Directed by: Bush Moukarzel and Ben Kidd

Adapted by: Dead Centre and Mark O’Connell

Producer: Natalie Hans

Performed by Jack Gleeson

Video Design: Jack Phelan

Lighting Design: Stephen Dodd

Sound Design: Kevin Gleeson

Set Design: Andrew Clancy

Image Credit: Photo © Jack Gleeson, Image: Jason Booher


“Technically it’s superb. Intellectually it’s devastating. Emotionally it’s searing.” – The Sunday Independent on Beckett’s Room


Supported by the Arts Council.

Developed and supported by Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin as part of the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab project. Co-Funded by the Creative Europe.

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