The Nest, a bespoke drama production from SBC Theatre, returns to Manchester being performed at 53Two next week.

Originally written by Rosie MacPherson and performed in the 2015 Manchester Science Festival, The Nest focuses on the relationship between a father and daughter, Sean and Sara.  Sean lives in a world where his wifi-enabled smart home system takes care of all his needs.  But whilst this is of huge benefit, it also addresses how it monitors his behaviour and health.  How much data is shared?  How much information is out there about Sean’s health and attitudes?  Significantly, what is it used for?

The play follows Sean and Sara’s changing attitudes towards The Nest covering issues such as sharing information on social media, attitudes towards sharing health data for different purposes and targeted advertising. The aim of the play is to highlight the range of attitudes that we have towards data sharing and looking at how and why they can differ and at times conflict and ultimately the consequences this can have.

The Nest is directed by Peter Bradley and performed by Ray Ashcroft and Hannah Butterfield.

image of Ray Ashcroft and Hannah Butterfield in The Nest at 53Two Theatre

Ray Ashcroft and Hannah Butterfield in The Nest at 53Two Theatre

Following the show, there will be an interactive after-show discussion about the themes raised in the play.  The session will be chaired by Tom Cheesewright one of the UK’s leading commentators on ‘technology and tomorrow’.  Tom is also a regular guest on the TV and radio including the BBC and Channel 4.  This will give audience members the opportunity to ask questions, discuss or just hear the views of others.

Where and when is The Nest performed in Manchester?

The Nest returns to Manchester on 24 and 25 April 2017. The play is performed at the 53Two Theatre, located within the railway arches a few minutes from Deansgate Tram stop.  Tickets £5.50.