A Hull-based theatre company is transforming a short comedy that originally ran at Assemble Fest 2017 into a tech-filled, 1980s-inspired robo-show.
Local theatre company Brick by Brick utilises the power of laughter to tell a story, providing audiences with a comical reflection on the nuances that make us human. As self-professed sci-fi geeks, the team takes inspiration from classic movies, video games and popular culture, with their new show Omni-Science giving a comical glimpse into how smart devices used in the home may evolve in the near future.
Taking place at the pop-up space next to Humber Street Gallery on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September, Omni-Science explores the Fruit Market through a livestream camera integrated into the custom-built robot costume. Using this DIY technology made with the help of HIVE at the University of Hull, the audience is invited to decide where the robot goes next and which everyday actions it should carry out.
Jack Chamberlain and Jack Fielding founded Brick by Brick in 2014. Since then they have brought performances to a range of venues in Hull and recently took their living robot to the Deer Shed Festival. This new offering is written by local poet and BBC Radio Humberside presenter Joe Hakim, developing the original mini version of Omni-Science into a 50-minute show that uses unique sets and costumes created by Alex Bennett Design.
Jack Chamberlain said: “The Deer Shed festivalgoers loved our robot conga line and now we’re ready to bring Omni-Science to the Fruit Market. With a bodacious 1980s theme and plenty of gags, it’s going to be so much fun for humans aged six to 600 as they discover how theatre and tech can be combined in innovative and hilarious ways.”
With funding and support from Arts Council England, Hull City Council, Back to Ours, Wykeland, the University of Hull, Middle Child, Hull Truck Theatre and HEY Smile Foundation, Brick by Brick has worked with multiple organisations to ensure that this extended version of Omni-Science is not only highly polished, but also accessible for all. Designated spaces can be booked for wheelchair users, the Saturday performances are BSL interpreted, and while individual tickets are £8, a family ticket is available for £30, making it an affordable day out.
“I get to play Omni, our obliging but error-prone robot,” adds Jack Fielding. “Last time, the audience loved sending me around the streets to interact with the public, so I can’t wait to see where this extended show takes me. I might even keep the suit on after the show and visit the newly opened Purple Robot for a drink.”
Performances of Omni-Science run at 2:30pm and 7pm on both Friday 20 and Saturday 21 September. Tickets can be booked through the Hull Truck website or by calling the box office on 01482 323638.