Would you give your love a second life without ethics approval?
Does the internet control our reality?
Addressing the heavy questions of the New Era Human Error places the audience as investigators, witnessing the bizarre triangle of Blood (Ross Dwyer), Mind (Cait Spiker) and Heart (Yvette Turner) without guilt, remorse or consent.
This show is unimaginable and it is a blessed relief to see edgy independent theatre that provokes critical thinking and contains great production values in The Stables at the Meat Market in North Melbourne.
The venue is an interesting artistic choice, with heritage features, surrounded by the soundscape of the contemporary world - busy streets, buses, trucks, hospital care flights and rain on the roof. It's poetic and fitting for a play about the End of the World, technology and our concept of reality.
From the exquisite set design (Robert Smith), the opening scene is set in the 1970's. The audience is invited to survey the world of 'Blood' - a human perhaps cyborg, fascinated by all things material, and his bizarre preparation for the end of the world. Think Waco siege, Frankenstein and The Rocky Horror Picture Show combined.
We are then taken into a hospital ward, where a lover lies in a coma as his Valentine's Day date neuroses over an ethical decision, whether to end, or sustain his life. It's a lengthy monologue and we are privy to the internal dilemma when faced with the power to decide someone's destiny.
The final scene in this triptych is a philosophical, perhaps ethical discussion between a doctor's assistant (Cait Spiker) and the doctor's boyfriend (Ross Dwyer) about artificial intelligence, dystopia, nanobots, Candy Crush and self replication.
Does the internet needs use to continue its existence?
Is there much difference between a human with a pacemaker and a robot?
Before the End of the World you do need to see Angus Cameron's play Human Error. Purchase a ticket, head to the Meat Market, have a drink at the bar and enter the next world.
Warning: Prepare your bladder well. Human Error runs for 100 minutes without an interval.