Expertly plotted and paced ★★★★ Time Out
Kath Horvath is found dead in the New Mexico desert. With her body is a message for her estranged daughter Sam:
‘Do not grieve. I am not here.’
Travelling to the small town of Taos, Sam discovers her mother has become embroiled in an unsettling deal with FutureLife, a multinational biotech corporation promising digital immortality.
Now Sam has an unimaginable chance to rebuild their broken relationship. But first, she must decide whether she can finish what Kath has started.
The latest production from award-winning theatre company Fuel (Touching The Void, Barber Shop Chronicles), comes an unsettling new science fiction by the writer of The Night Manager, David Farr, exploring how artificial intelligence is altering our understanding of death, consciousness, and the soul.
Radioactively intelligent script provokes fascinating questions about a digital afterlife ★★★★ The Stage
A Dead Body in Taos is a timely, poignant play that is not to be missed ★★★★ North West End
A spiritual exploration of what it means to be really free ★★★★ The Guardian
This play takes that difficult subject and makes us think and it makes us laugh. And that is a winning combination ★★★★1/2 Mark Aspen
Undeniably poignant The Times
Event Drama of the Highest Calibre ★★★★ The Telegraph on The Night Manager
A Dead Body in Taos includes fully integrated captioning as part of every performance.
A Dead Body in Taos is co-commissioned by Fuel, Theatre Royal Plymouth and Warwick Arts Centre with support from Bristol Old Vic; A Dead Body in Taos is funded by Arts Council England and produced by Fuel.
Writer David Farr
Director Rachel Bagshaw
Designer Ti Green
Lighting Design Katy Morison
Composition and Sound Design Ben and Max Ringham
Video Design Sarah Readman
Movement Director Ingrid McKinnon
Casting Director Louis Hammond CDG
Associate Director Tian Brown-Sampson
Associate Sound Designer Ellie Isherwood
Accent Coach Gurkiran Kaur
Fight Director Bret Yount
Costume Supervisor Victoria Nissley
Assistant Costume Supervisor Jo Lewis
Assistant Director Oliwia Charmuszko-Carrigan
Production Manager Helen Mugridge
Company Stage Manager Roisin Symes
Relighter/TSM Rachel Bowen
Production Sound Engineer David Chin
Wardrobe/ASM Verity Johnson
Wardrobe Associate Charlotte Weiss
Is it ethical to be immortalised? Where do we draw a line between enhancing body functions with technology and crafting a new body standard?
If technology makes reproducibility achievable, what is it that makes human experience unique?
This series will ask some of the pressing question of the moment and explore the implications of Artificial Intelligence technology…
Production photos by Helen Murray
Running time: 1hr 46min + 20 minute interval
Recommended for ages 13+. Some strong language and adult themes