Tristan Bates Theatre

To Drone In The Rain


by Michael Ellis


11th - 15th June 

19:45 (14:30 matinee on 15th) 






“If I malfunction and you are not ready then how will you survive?”

Tom lives with his best friend Drone Girl in the near future where phones, laptops, and all other technological services have become obsolete, replaced by Drone boys and girls. "Drone Girl 9.1.13" looks after Tom who suffers from severe social anxiety. From supervising his job as a bespoke adventures salesman to becoming his “romantic auto-correct”, she is always there to catch him before he falls. But when Drone Boy, an older model disappointed by humans, praises her for crippling Tom emotionally, she starts to question her purpose. Yet when her attempts at making Tom more independent increasingly backfire, Drone Girl finds herself split between choices: a losing battle to save Tom or the freedom over purpose alongside Drone Boy.

Relevant and gripping, this heartfelt play explores what we sacrifice on our path towards an easy access existence, our need for connection and the mental health issues resulting out of it. How can one find strength in a world where effort is no longer needed?



Tom Michael Benbaruk

Drone Boy Lino Facioli 

Drone Girl Nell Hardy

Big Boss Man (Voice)  Daniel Ings

Valerie (Voice) Erin Wilson

New York client (Voice) Adam Young

Texas client (Voice)  Deli Segal



Director Lorenzo Peter Mason

Costume Designer Lucy Smart

Stage Manager Alex Farell

Set Designer Nicole Figini

Make-up Artist Jo Lucas-Stone

PR Canan Gonensin

Producer Valentina Massat


Trigger Warnings
Strong language
Themes of depression/anxiety
Domestic abuse

Age guidance 15+


More info can be found on the dedicated website



We currently offer a concessionary rate to the following groups: Over 60s, Under 16s, Disability and Carer, Students with a valid student ID, Unemployed, Equity Member with a valid Equity Card, Actor Centre Members. Additonal accepted criteria may apply to individual productions, please contact [email protected] for more information.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the performance begins. We cannot guarantee entry to the performance once it has begun. The Actors Centre reserves the right to refuse entry.



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