Acclaimed love story featuring live robot on stage comes to Carriageworks Theatre

Thursday 23 Feb 7.30pm

On Thursday 23 Feb, following huge success in Edinburgh, Pipeline Theatre arrive at Carriageworks Theatre with a truly moving, 5* show, Spillikin (A Love Story). This deeply touching, sometimes heart breaking exploration of love features a ground-breaking, state-of-the art robot as a full cast member and was short-listed for the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award.

It’s the '70s. Sally likes Debbie Harry, Raymond likes making robots; they’re an unlikely pair. Fifty years later, after a long, childless and sometimes bumpy marriage, Sally has Alzheimers. Before Raymond died he created a robot, uploaded with his memories, to keep her company. It’s the ultimate love letter from beyond the grave: an endlessly patient memory-jogger and singing partner. But as Sally’s mind fades, will the robot be more of a comfort or a threat? Moving and funny, Spillikin poses big questions about love, death, and technology.

Pipeline Theatre produce relevant, accessible yet challenging theatre with great stories, unforgettable characters and high-end production values. To create Spillikin, Pipeline Theatre collaborated with Engineered Arts, a leading Penryn-based robotics company, to bring one of their world-renowned ‘RoboThespians’ to the stage.

Will Jackson, MD of Engineered Arts, says: “I’ve spent a decade designing a piano – now I want someone to write the music”

Artistic director and designer for Pipeline, Alan Munden, has personal experience of Alzheimers: “Making work about what you know or desire to better understand, I think lends it integrity. My mother has Alzheimers. I am frightened when I try to imagine her experience, but intrigued and excited to manifest it on stage, and wish I had the patience of a robot.” You will also have the chance to meet this cutting edge Robothespian after the show and ask him any burning questions you may have.

‘Spillikin was absolutely wonderful. Beautiful production – so moving. Who knew a robot could be so emotionally engaging?!‘ Audience member, Georgian Theatre Royal

“An astonishing piece of theatre.” Edinburgh Guide *****
“Beautifully evocative and moving.” Broadway Baby *****

Spillikin – A Love Story
Thursday 23 February, 7:30pm
Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 concession)

Tickets for all Carriageworks Theatre productions can be booked on 0113 376 0318, online through the website at or in person at the City Centre Box Office, Leeds Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds, LS1 3AD. Tickets on the night can be picked up or purchased, subject to availability, at Carriageworks Theatre from one hour prior to the show.

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