Rosetta Code

Humans and robots from Europe and beyond improvise together – each in their own languages. Improvisers communicate through machine-translation technology, via surtitles and earpieces. AI chatbots chime in and add to the fun in this multilingual Turing test. The Rosetta Stone helped us decipher hieroglyphs – the challenge of Rosetta Code is to decipher who is human and who is a robot. This ‘comedy of speech-recognition errors’ brings a new meaning to being lost in translation.

Co-created by robotics researchers Piotr Mirowski (France/Poland/UK) and Kory Mathewson (Canada), drama director Jenny Elfving (Sweden), actor Mats Eldøen (Norway) and science communicator Ben Verhoeven(Belgium).

Rosetta Code premièred at the Rich Mix London, as part of the Voilà! Europe Festival of European Theatre on 8 & 10 November 2019. It was performed in English, with real-time machine-translation of Arabic, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Swedish.

Next performances: Brighton Fringe 2020 at The Warren: Theatre Box on 22-25 May 2020 (2:30pm shows).