i-ROBOT Theatre at Beakerhead

By Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre

Multidisciplinary, Theatre, Culture

  • Donate $25 and Up

    Public acknowledgement on our website, www.swallowabicycle.com, as thanks for your contribution.

    Donate $100 and Up

    An i-ROBOT Theatre production poster, signed by the cast (plus all previous benefits).
  • Donate $250 and Up

    A copy of the book "i-ROBOT Poetry", signed by author Jason Christie (plus all previous benefits).

    Donate $500 and Up

    A Swallow-a-Bicycle t-shirt and on-stage verbal thanks at the Opening Night Gala Performance of i-ROBOT Theatre (plus all previous benefits).
  • Donate $1000 and Up

    2 VIP tickets to i-ROBOT Theatre, including a backstage tour and a meet & greet with the cast (plus all previous benefits).

About the Project

"It is a poor robot that blames its programming."

In a near-future world, robots are everywhere. Jonathan, an up-and-coming roboticist, lives the perfect suburban life with his household robots and beautiful Robo-Wife - but when the rising threat of the electronic Infanta virus invades their home, the delicate balance of human and machine is thrust into chaos.

i-ROBOT Theatre is an original play by Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre, inspired by the poetry of Jason Christie, that integrates cutting-edge technology to create a live sci-fi performance. With quick-witted writing, jaw-dropping puppets and, above all, lots of robots, it asks big questions about the nature of identity, autonomy and humanity.

Development ofi-ROBOT Theatre began in September 2009 and it premiered to rave reviews in November 2011, quickly becoming Swallow-a-Bicycle's most popular show. This September, as part of Beakerhead - a citywide spectacle of art and engineering - we will team with Calgary’s technology, engineering and fashion communities to rebuild the show, taking it to the next level.

Read on for more information, or contact Charles Netto at 403.397.8559 or charles@swallowabicycle.com to learn how you can help bring i-ROBOT Theatre to life.

"An incredibly well-conceived imaginative piece of theatre unlike anything you've seen before. ... It has all the elements that made you love robot stories in the first place."
- Applause Meter


Since 2006, Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre has enriched the lives of artistic thrill-seekers by creating and presenting innovative site-specific theatre experiences that push boundaries in unconventional spaces.

Founded by Mark Hopkins and Charles Netto, Swallow-a-Bicycle challenges audiences to ask important questions and have new conversations amongst themselves and their surroundings.

To learn more, visit www.swallowabicycle.com or connect with us on Twitter (@swallowabicycle) or Facebook (facebook.com/swallowabicycle).


Adapted from i-ROBOT Poetry, a book by Calgary author Jason Christie, i-ROBOT Theatreis a large-scale production being created by a team of more than 30 local artists and collaborators. Headed up by Swallow-a-Bicycle's core artistic duo - Mark Hopkins (writer) and Charles Netto (director) - the team will include:

  • Director and assistant director
  • 11 performers
  • 3 writers
  • Production manager & assistant production manager
  • Stage manager & assistant stage manager
  • 7 designers - costumes, set & props, lighting, puppets, video, sound, lobby
  • Choreographer
  • Publicity coordinator
  • Promotions coordinator
  • Box office & volunteer manager


It takes a lot to put on a large-scale theatrical production, especially one that engages different professional communities like engineers, designers and technologists. Your donation will help pay our top-notch artistic team, secure an exciting site for the performance, and much more:

  • $17,850 to pay professional fees to the artistic team (directors, writers, actors, designers, choreographer, production managers, stage managers and coordinators)
  • $3,400 to rent rehearsal and performance spaces
  • $7,400 to build robot puppets, set pieces, props and costumes, and to rent sound and light equipment
  • $2,650 for marketing and promotional materials


There are lots of ways to be part of i-ROBOT Theatre! You can:

  • Make a charitable donation throughInvestYYCright now!
  • Share this donation appeal with your network of friends and colleagues.
  • Promote the show through Facebook, Twitter or other social media.
  • Come to i-ROBOT Theatre, September 11-21, 2013, to see the show (and/or volunteer!).

For more information on how you can contribute, contact Charles Netto at 403.397.8559 or charles@swallowabicycle.com.

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