Anthropology London Reviews and Tickets

81%
(23 Ratings)
Positive
82%
Mixed
9%
Negative
9%
Members say
Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Clever, Ambitious, Great acting

About the Show

The world premiere of Lauren Gunderson's drama about a grieving sister bringing her sibling back to life with AI.

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184 Reviews | 20 Followers
85
Refreshing, Relevant, Resonant, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if You like the idea of digital avatar of a human being used to find out what happened to its real self. The set albeit minimal is futuristic

Don't see it if You expect a polished techno thriller whodunnit. But anyway, the emphasis is on the implications of LLM and how it affects relationships Read more

74 Reviews | 8 Followers
78
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Great staging, Profound, Ambitious

See it if you're intrigued by a play which mixes AI and detective story - essentially an AI noire thriller. To see MyAnna Buring's amazing performance

Don't see it if you're uncomfortable with swearing heavy plays; find character driven plays tedious or don't like neat resolutions, the play does end tidily

27 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Powerful, Original, Thought-provoking, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to see an absorbing and thought-provoking play that is very well acted.

Don't see it if No comments. Read more

28 Reviews | 2 Followers
70
Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing

See it if You like emotionally charged drama incorporating scary futuristic messages. Really interesting and different, makes you think about tech !

Don't see it if You are after something uplifting and cheery.

19 Reviews | 0 Followers
80
Intriguing, Thought-provoking, Clever

See it if you like technology and mystery

Don't see it if you don't like technology

9 Reviews | 0 Followers
90
Thought-provoking, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a clever mystery that explores the complex issues of AI and what it is to be human.

Don't see it if you're not grown up enough to handle some robust language. Read more

3 Reviews | 1 Follower
90
Profound, Must see, Intelligent, Great writing, Absorbing

See it if A intriguing thought provoking show. It shows an intelligent understanding of AI and was very interesting show to watch.

Don't see it if It has some heavier themes at the end so I would not recommend it for young children.

2 Reviews | 0 Followers
90
Delightful

See it if If you like an all female production.

Don't see it if Your in bad company.

Critic Reviews (11)

BroadwayWorld
September 19th, 2023

“It is difficult to know if we should be alarmed by the fact that there is more sci than fi in ’anthropology’...Crisp and white and without the comfort of props or furniture, it evokes the futuristic, and slightly eerie, ambiance of a mid-noughties Apple advert. There is nowhere to hide but the cast skilfully fill the icy space with cosy warmth.”
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The London Evening Standard
September 19th, 2023

“I really don’t mean to sound too snarky myself because if you can get over the required leaps in credibility – and there’s a huge one around the 60-minute mark – this is an enjoyable evening. Anthropology engages with our tech-mediated lives and with speculative futures in a way theatre rarely does.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
September 19th, 2023

"Anna Ledwich’s production has chilly, sinister touches... It all contributes to an atmospheric and philosophically resonant piece, showing how technology is, ultimately, driven by humanity; we can make it comforting or threatening, pure or biased, a diversion or an addiction. As for the plot, though? Does not compute."
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The Times (UK)
September 18th, 2023

"Gunderson’s dialogue shines with empathy and wit as she questions the distinctions between human and machine in the digital age...So you leave appreciating the talent that makes Gunderson so in-demand without quite feeling this fizzingly intelligent play makes good on its potential."
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The Stage (UK)
September 20th, 2023

"Somewhere deep in the source code of the play are ideas that could come to life with more imagination and a lot less dialogue. But if you’re going to write a play about the dangers of AI, you’d better make damn sure it doesn’t sound quite so algorithmic."
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Time Out London
September 19th, 2023

"The actors cast are all very capable – Buring is flustered and frustrated in exactly the right measures and Yolanda Kettle is very strong as Merril’s overwhelmed and totally flummoxed girlfriend. But the writing just isn’t up to scratch. Perhaps AI would have done a better job."
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WhatsOnStage
September 19th, 2023

"Gunderson puts some big themes under the microscope that are both topical and worthy of attention; not just the implications of artificial intelligence, but violence against women, which hangs heavily over this traumatised family. But the thriller plotline doesn’t hold together – for one thing the AI seems to rely on information that would be readily available to a human detective – and as a result it feels in need of further refinement to fulfil its obvious potential."
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London Theatre
September 19th, 2023

“Gunderson ultimately seems cautiously optimistic that AI can be used as a tool for good if used wisely within this ethical minefield. There probably will be more refined plays about the subject in the future, but as the technology sector continues to be heavily male-dominated, it’s particularly important that women’s voices are heard. This is something that affects all of us.”
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