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Inside Robot Theatre: What Happens When Robots (and Children) Take to the Stage?

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DatePublished - 20 Apr 2016
PublisherLouise LePage,
TypePerformance Lecture
Original languageEnglish


‘Inside Robot Theatre: what happens when robots (and children) take to the stage?’ featured me, Dr. Louise LePage, a robot called Baxter, two children, and human performers drawn from the Department of Film, Theatre & Television at the University of Reading. This performance-lecture marked the close of The Baxter Project. Its aim was to share some of my ideas and reflections about the promises and challenges of performing robots. In addition, I showed two short films that I made, which creatively engage with some of my questions and ideas. Finally, scenes, directed by Dr. Stella Keramida, are performed that developed from our human-robot performance workshops. The Baxter Project builds upon my preceding research into the implications of robots that perform as dramatic characters in plays. The Project was explorative in form and reflectively playful and imaginative in its approaches. My project started from the premise that the robot is inherently a performer. Debating and showing ways in which this statement might be true comprised the focus of this performance-lecture.

    Research areas

  • performance lecture, robot, children, performers


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