★★★★ Guardian, WhatsOnStage, Theatre Reviews North

Electric Rosary

by Tim Foley, directed by Jaz Woodcock-Stewart

  • A Royal Exchange Theatre Production
  • 23 April 2022 - 14 May 2022
  • The Theatre

'WE'RE CHILDREN OF GOD, SISTER. NO HUNK OF METAL COULD REPLACE ANY OF US.'


Behind the crumbling walls of St Grace’s Convent, an exhausted order of nuns needs resurrecting. As Easter approaches, Mother Elizabeth has just the thing. Behold ‘Mary’, a council-funded robot. Practical and surprisingly funny, for some a blessing, for others a curse - could she be the revelation they have all been praying for?

Bruntwood Prize Judges’ Award winner Tim Foley’s miraculous new play is sharp, timely and gloriously funny and brings nuns and robots together on the Royal Exchange stage for the first time. ELECTRIC ROSARY asks what faith really means in the age of artificial intelligence and what it is to be human in tomorrow’s world.

  • Content notes
  • Please note this show contains flashing lights and a brief depiction of violence.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Theatre, the Royal Exchange Theatre

    DATES: Saturday 23 April to 14 May 2022

    TICKET PRICES: Standard Tickets range from £10 - £37. Under 30s and Pay What You Decide tickets are available for this show.

    BANQUETTES: £10 Banquette seats will be released at 10am on the day of the first preview.

    PREVIEWS & £12 MONDAYS: All preview performances are half price and all tickets are only £12 on Mondays (not including previews).

    RUNNING TIME: approx. 2 hours, 40 minutes (including 20 minute interval)

    TIMES:

    DAY DATE TIME(S)
    Saturday (preview)
    23 April 2022
    19:30
    Monday (preview) 25 April 2022
    19:30
    Tuesday (preview)
    26 April 2022
    19:30
    Wednesday (preview)
    27 April 2022
    19:30
    Friday 29 April 2022 19:30
    Saturday 30 April 2022 14:30 (C) & 19:30 (C)
    Monday 02 May 2022 19:30
    Tuesday 03 May 2022 19:30
    Wednesday 04 May 2022 14:30 (SD) & 19:30
    Thursday 05 May 2022 19:30
    Friday 06 May 2022 19:30
    Saturday 07 May 2022 14:30 & 19:30
    Monday 09 May 2022 19:30
    Tuesday 10 May 2022 19:30
    Wednesday 11 May 2022 14:30 (R) & 19:30
    Thursday 12 May 2022 19:30 (BSL)
    Friday 13 May 2022 19:30 (AD)
    Saturday 14 May 2022 14:30 (SD) & 19:30

    SD = SOCIALLY DISTANCED PERFORMANCE
    C = CAPTIONED
    AD = AUDIO DESCRIBED

    R = RELAXED
    BSL = BRITISH SIGN LANGUAGE

    BOOKING: Tickets are available to buy online

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  • Creative Team
  • WRITTEN BY: Tim Foley

    DIRECTOR: Jaz Woodcock-Stewart

    DESIGNER: Charlotte Espiner

    LIGHT DESIGNER: Simisola Majekodunmi

    COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER: Anna Clock

    VOCAL LEADER: Michael Betteridge

    CASTING DIRECTOR: Julia Horan CDG

    ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Darren Sinnott

    COMPANY STAGE MANAGER: Harriet Stewart

    DEPUTY STAGE MANAGER: Sarah Jenkins

    ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER: Emilia Stoddart

    STAGE MANAGEMENT PLACEMENT: Frances Ashton

  • Accessible Performances
  • ACCESS PERFORMANCES

    Captioned = Saturday 30 April 2022 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

    Relaxed = Wednesday 11 May 2022 at 2.30pm. A synopsis is available online for relaxed bookers.

    British Sign Language (BSL) = Thursday 12 May 2022 at 7.30pm

    Audio Described = Friday 13 May 2022 at 7.30pm

  • MARY

    Breffni Holahan

    PHILIPPA

    Suzette Llewellyn

    CONSTANCE

    Olwen May

    ELIZABETH

    Jo Mousley

    CHILD

    Yandass Ndlovu

    THERESA

    Saroja-Lily Ratnavel

  • "Thrilling to see a new play of such ambition and ingenuity"
    ★★★★ Guardian

    "If you've been waiting for a play of bravura, originality and ambition, your prayers have been answered"
    ★★★★ WhatsOnStage

    "Written tenderly and compassionately, we witness a world of nuns, robots, luddites and hymns collide - and we too are forced to confront our own decisions and actions in a world where technology is now part and parcel of the human experience, for better or worse"
    Manchester Evening News

    "Best of all is Breffni Holohan as Mary the robot. Being a robot that’s being a human can’t be easy, but is skilfully and cleverly done"
    ★★★★ Theatre Reviews North

    "Sharp, timely and gloriously funny"
    Manchester Theatres

    "Electric Rosary is fast paced, thought provoking and original"
    ilovemanchester.com

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