Error 404 Asks: 'What Is Real In The Digital Age?'...

Pioneering production at the Polka Theatre

Error 404 is a pioneering new production commissioned by Wimbledon's Polka Theatre to get children aged 8+ asking big philosophical questions about identity and what is real in the digital age.

Running from March 4-29, this interactive sci-fi story follows a boy whose best friend’s emotions and memories get transferred onto a computer.

Performed by Daniel Bye in Polka's intimate Adventure Theatre space, Error 404 includes live music and audience interaction which influences the outcome of each show.

Error 404 is a unique piece of theatre specifically developed with children. Daniel Bye, was placed as 'Philosopher in Residence' at a local primary school, running workshops and writing stories specifically geared towards opening up philosophical enquiry with the children. Throughout the residency they explored questions such as identity, rights and wrongs, technology and mortality.

With a child's development becoming increasingly influenced by the digital and online world, Error 404 asks children how they feel about this. Can emotion and experiences be transplanted into a computer? Is there a difference between the real world and the digital world? Do you have a ‘true self’?

Daniel Bye's recent shows include critical hit The Price of Everything, How to Occupy an Oil Rig and Story Hunt. He has trained with Philippe Gaulier, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the National Theatre Studio and created work for West Yorkshire Playhouse, Red Ladder, Pilot Theatre and Northern Stage. He is an Associate Artist of ARC, Stockton-on-Tees.

Error 404 at Polka Theatre 4 – 29 March 2015 for ages 8+.

February 6, 2015

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