David Farr’s compelling new play is both an unexpected science fiction and an intimate study of loss and bereavement.
‘When they called saying your body had been found, I had one immediate thought. I remember thinking that maybe now I’d be free.’
Sam hasn’t spoken to her mother Katherine for three years when she learns that she’s been found dead in the New Mexico desert.
Traveling to the small town of Taos to identify the body, she soon discovers Katherine has become embroiled in an unsettling enterprise. Now Sam has an unimaginable chance to rebuild their broken relationship. But first, she must decide whether she can finish what her mother started.
Directed by Rachel Bagshaw (The Shape of the Pain), A Dead Body in Taos examines how artificial intelligence could alter our understanding of death, consciousness, and the soul.
A Dead Body in Taos’ is co-commissioned by Fuel and Warwick Arts Centre with support from Bristol Old Vic; the work is supported by Arts Council England and co-produced by Arcola Theatre and Fuel.