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John Boorman on "Domestic Robots"
"Just as generals are always fighting the last war, so politicians are fighting the last election, or more often, elections of 20 years ago. The almost religious belief in the wisdom of the Market excuses its advocates from thinking about its catastrophic effects in a rapidly changing world. In writing this play I have made the optimistic assumption that a visionary statesman will arise. He, or more likely she, will see that robots are creating huge wealth and mass unemployment. She will appropriate that wealth to the state and provide every adult with a comfortable stipend, an arrangement already in place in some countries. Wind and wave energy will provide all the electricity the nation requires leaving a huge surplus which will be exported. Our leaky old water pipes will be cleverly replaced by inserting new pipes inside the old ones. This will create a water surplus which tankers will ferry to the Middle East. Ireland’s rain will become its greatest asset and clean water will cost more than oil per gallon. All-electric vehicles, clean energy and vegetarianism will solve climate change. Nations will agree to reduce their populations to the level that the planet can support. All nations measure their success by growth of GNP. They will have to learn that growth is the one thing we can no longer afford. As all our needs are satisfied by ordering through our domestic robots, money and currencies will simply wither away, as Karl Marx predicted it they would. The pressing problem will then be how to prepare people for a post working Society"
Narrator … John Boorman
Helen … Kathy Rose O’Brien
Neil ... Rory Keenan
Delivery/ Collector Robot … Eamon Morrissey
Robot ... Brendan Gleeson
Mammy... Marion O’Dwyer
Aoife … Helen Norton
Sean … Stephen Rea
Alfred … Enda Oates
Sound Design Damian Chennells and Kevin Brew
Sound Supervision Damian Chennells
Written and Directed by John Boorman
The Producer was Kevin Reynolds
1st TX 23rd Sept 2018
1st Repeat 9th June 2019