After a sellout season in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, Mike Daisey’s extraordinary and heart-wrenching monologue “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” is coming to three West Dorset venues in June. This incredible example of documentary-style theatre stars and was nominated for the 2012 Amnesty International ‘Freedom of Expression Award’.
It is an emboldened, passionate diatribe that will make you question what you thought you knew about one of the world’s most worshipped brands – Apple. Daisey explores the legality and morality of electronic sweatshops in China, complete with armed guards, underage workers and the harrowing tales of the toxic effects of hexane in these factories.
As one of the most talked-about pieces of theatre to come out of the USA in the last few years it has not been without controversy. After being broadcast and subsequently retracted from the popular radio programme This American Life, this is a tale that has clearly got under the skin of audiences and media alike. As a self-confessed “worshipper at the church of Apple”, playwright Daisey tugs at heart strings, and shows how one man’s story might not be able to topple an empire, but it can certainly give it a righteous shove.
Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, commented to the New York Times: “I will never be the same after seeing that show” and the America press in general have been effusive in their praise, with The Washington Post calling it “the best original American play so far this year”. The UK press have followed suit, with the Guardian hailing it as “a fantastically good story and one that if you have an iPhone in your pocket you won’t want to hear”
Thursday 13 June – Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis – 8pm: Tickets for the Marine Theatre are available from the box office on 01297 442138 or online from http://www.marinetheatre.com
Friday 14 June – Dorchester Arts Centre – 8pm: Tickets for Dorchester Arts Centre are available from the box office on 01305 266926 or online from http://www.dorchesterarts.org.uk
Saturday 15 June – Bridport Arts Centre – 8pm: Tickets for Bridport Arts Centre are available from the box office on 01308 424204 or online here