Two women stand one in front of the other. The woman in the background is angled slightly to the left and is looking out to the left hand side of the frame. There is a dark shadow that covers most of her body but not her face, which we can see clearly. She looks calm. The woman in the foreground is looking directly at the camera. Half of her face is in shadow. She looks concerned.

BLACK SWANS

Presented by Foreign Affairs
by Christina Kettering
Translated by Pauline Wick
Directed by Ria Samartzi
Would you trust a robot to take care of your elderly mother?

Two sisters face a difficult decision: how to best care for their elderly mother as her health declines. Rosie, a humanoid care robot, seems like the perfect solution. But soon they have to reckon with the unforeseen consequences of bringing an artificial intelligence into their lives.

Black Swans explores the ethical and moral dilemmas of introducing AI into human caregiving, offering a poignant (and often humorous) look at family dynamics, societal norms and the pervasive influence of technology on our lives.

Christina Kettering‘s award-winning play examines the intersection of AI, healthcare and the challenges of caregiving through a female lens. It prompts questions about the boundaries of AI and the essence of compassion in our increasingly digital world.

Black Swans (Schwarze Schwäne) achieved notable recognition when it was first produced in Germany in 2019, winning first prize at the Heilbronn Drama Competition as part of the Science & Theater festival. It gained further prominence by securing a spot in the 2020 EURODRAM Selection, and has been translated into five different languages.

Black Swans was translated into English by Pauline Wick as part of the Foreign Affairs Theatre Translator Mentorship programme in 2020/21.

Black Swans and its engagement programme are funded by Arts Council England and Unity Trust. The production is presented in arrangement with DREI MASKEN VERLAG GmbH München.

Foreign Affairs is a micro theatre company with an adventurous spirit, run by the creative duo Camila França and Trine Garrett.

Their work focuses on theatre in translation, cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, and performance in unconventional spaces. Or, in other words–they bring theatre from around the world to local communities.

Learn more about Black Swans, the people behind it and the themes it explores.

Join post-show talks on Thursday 25 April, featuring the creative team and Thursday 2 May exploring AI, robotics & healthcare. 

Participate in Foreign Affairs’ intimate Theatre Salon on Sunday 5 May, led by a guest artist, for lively discussions and new perspectives.

For industry professionals, a networking event titled: Women in Theatre, will take place on Friday 3 May.

All events are free for ticket holders! Stay tuned for further updates.

23 APR-11 MAY
7:30PM TUES-SAT
4PM SUN
£18 STANDARD
£16 CONCESSIONS
£10 PREVIEWS

BLACK SWANS

Presented by Foreign Affairs
by Christina Kettering
Translated by Pauline Wick
Directed by Ria Samartzi
Would you trust a robot to take care of your elderly mother?

Two sisters face a difficult decision: how to best care for their elderly mother as her health declines. Rosie, a humanoid care robot, seems like the perfect solution. But soon they have to reckon with the unforeseen consequences of bringing an artificial intelligence into their lives.

Black Swans explores the ethical and moral dilemmas of introducing AI into human caregiving, offering a poignant (and often humorous) look at family dynamics, societal norms and the pervasive influence of technology on our lives.

Christina Kettering‘s award-winning play examines the intersection of AI, healthcare and the challenges of caregiving through a female lens. It prompts questions about the boundaries of AI and the essence of compassion in our increasingly digital world.

Black Swans (Schwarze Schwäne) achieved notable recognition when it was first produced in Germany in 2019, winning first prize at the Heilbronn Drama Competition as part of the Science & Theater festival. It gained further prominence by securing a spot in the 2020 EURODRAM Selection, and has been translated into five different languages.

Black Swans was translated into English by Pauline Wick as part of the Foreign Affairs Theatre Translator Mentorship programme in 2020/21.

Black Swans and its engagement programme are funded by Arts Council England and Unity Trust. The production is presented in arrangement with DREI MASKEN VERLAG GmbH München.

Foreign Affairs is a micro theatre company with an adventurous spirit, run by the creative duo Camila França and Trine Garrett.

Their work focuses on theatre in translation, cross-cultural exchange and collaboration, and performance in unconventional spaces. Or, in other words–they bring theatre from around the world to local communities.

Learn more about Black Swans, the people behind it and the themes it explores.

Join post-show talks on Thursday 25 April, featuring the creative team and Thursday 2 May exploring AI, robotics & healthcare. 

Participate in Foreign Affairs’ intimate Theatre Salon on Sunday 5 May, led by a guest artist, for lively discussions and new perspectives.

For industry professionals, a networking event titled: Women in Theatre, will take place on Friday 3 May.

All events are free for ticket holders! Stay tuned for further updates.

23 APR-11 MAY
7:30PM TUE-SAT
4PM SUN
£18 STANDARD
£16 CONCESSIONS
£10 PREVIEWS

Company

Cast

Older Sister

Camila França

 

Younger Sister

Trine Garett

Company

Writer 

Christina Kettering

Translator

Pauline Wick

Director 

Ria Samartzi

Lighting Designer

Amy Daniels

Technical Stage Manager/ Assistant Production Manager

Lauren Wedgeworth

Full creative and production team to be announced.

Image by Amelia Karlsen.

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Concessions

Concessions apply to students, under-18s, over-60s and more. For more info on our concession policy click here→

Accessibility

All performance spaces and facilities are fully wheelchair-accessible. For more info please contact Box Office on 0207 498 4699.

Ticket Collection

We operate a paperless box office system. You will be emailed a receipt once you have booked in advance. There is no need to print this off, just state your name at the box office on arrival.

Café Bar

Serving a menu of hot drinks, craft beers, wine and seasonal cocktails before and after every show and a full home-made food menu including freshly baked pastries, delicious cakes and savoury light bites from Friday – Sunday.

Content Warnings

Strong language

References of a sexual nature, alcohol abuse and physical abuse

Infrequent descriptions of/references to covert administration, death and an act of lethal violence.

Note: As the show is in development, please be aware that content warnings may be updated.

Age Recommendation

14+

Duration

1h10m

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