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DEFRAG_ - Camden People's Theatre


Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

TOM Lyall, Just a Must and Camden People’s Theatre are presenting DEFRAG_, the first solo work of Shunt associate artist and Chris Goode’s long-time collaborator Tom Lyall – from November 28 to December 15, 2012.

Lyall’s one-man science fiction epic will be the headline performance at the Futureshock festival at Camden People’s Theatre. Part existentialist TED talk, part unlikely romance, DEFRAG_ is described as an ambitious and humane work of metaphysical theatre.

Lyall’s witty script spins a tender story of lost love and artificial intelligence into a global fable spanning the collapse of civilisation. The writer and performer plays a damaged soul attempting to back up and recover the fragments of his life. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a digital archive system called Madeleine begins to develop a mind of her own and things take a turn for the altogether stranger.

DEFRAG_ develops into an absurd dialogue between Lyall and an offstage, computer-synthesised voice reminiscent of the iPhone’s Siri, who nurses, instructs and flirts with him, ultimately guiding him to a moving moment of self-realisation.

Tom Lyall is a London-based writer and performer who has been a key creative contributor to some of the most exciting independent theatre of recent years. He is an associate artist of Shunt (completing 300 performances of his acrobatic turn in their show Money) and long-time collaborator with Chris Goode (performing in Sisters, Longwave, Escapology and Napoleon in Exile, amongst others).

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions – available from the box office on 08444 77 1000 or online at

Time: 7.30pm.

Drowning Rock continues at Camden People’s Theatre until November 4, 2012. It will be followed – from November 5 to November 17 – by Cooking Ghosts.