Love Thy Synth
A woman’s identity is threatened by the podcasts she makes with her robodoll doppelganger. Pygmalion and Narcissus intertwine in this future-set tale of the search for self.
Hannah Silva’s future-set story of a woman’s search for connection is told through the podcasts she makes with her synthetic robodoll.
Nikki King is a journalist and presenter of Scientethics, a podcast exploring the blurred lines where tech, science and ethics merge. Covering the reappearance of enigmatic and reclusive robotics expert Tim Lowe, Nikki is surprised to find herself at the centre of his latest work.
“The relationship between humans and their artificial counterparts runs right back to the myths of ancient Greece, where Pygmalion’s statue was brought to life with a kiss. It is the stuff of legend and of science fiction – part of our written history and a part of our imagined future.” Dr Kate Devlin
Pygmalion and Narcissus intertwine in this 21st century story of human relationships and loneliness, of our need for external validation and the search for self.
By Hannah Silva
Nikki & Knickers ….. Valene Kane
Tiresias ….. Neil Bell
Marc ….. Luke Jerdy
Soozie ….. Stephanie Greer
Other voices ….. Catriona Stirling
Executive producer, Sara Davies
Produced by Nicolas Jackson & Steve Bond
An Afonica production for BBC Radio 3