Year 2050 is future and I will be over 90 years old. Will I be around? Maybe or may not. That future in this play “The Tides of 2050” is where robots and human co-exist. Robots are in our homes as domestic helpers, in casino as croupier. They have acquired human-like emotions but some people treat them as scraps of metal when the price of metal shoots up. That aspect of human supremacy of masters and servants did not change from our current time. Only one kind family man, Peter Chan stands up for these robots in the play. He was going against the tides to save these robots including his family’s domestic robot Kandoo from being reduced to scraps.
Being compassionate is really in short supply whether we are talking about now or 35 years into the future. Oppression and self-centredness still exist even we have the brains to build robots to be intelligent and to be more human-like with “robotic emotions”. The work-life stress is still there. Greed and Craving that are at the core of our human problems continue to plague us into the future. Sad isn’t it.
It take a symbolic one man in the play to tell us that we can be like Peter to save mankind and give our man-made robots equal rights of existence.
I enjoyed the 90-minute play by Ageless Theatre yesterday. The story line touched an emotional chord in me. The casts were into their roles with superb acting. The actors were so close to the audience as we sat in U-shape in The Play Den@ The Arts House. The various robotic sounds interspersed in their conversations of the 5 robots, like ke-chi, ke-chi, ohn, ohn, though funny were cleverly executed to show that they are robots and not human actors in the play.
Lawrence Pang playing the lead role of Peter Chan emoted so well that I felt his pains, stress and anguish. The whole casts form a unified team to bring out the essence of the play and the best performance in each one of the actors.