THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS
GILDED BALLOON PRODUCTIONS
Tue 23 April – Sat 04 May
Mike Daisey’s monologue The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, starring Grant O’Rourke, is an emboldened, passionate diatribe that will make you question what you thought you knew about one of the world’s most worshipped brands.
Daisey explores the legality and morality of electronic sweatshops in China, complete with armed guards, underage workers and the harrowing tales of the toxic effects of hexane in these factories. After a sell-out season in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012, this incredible example of documentary-style theatre is off on tour to reach even more UK audiences. This truly heart-wrenching piece was nominated for the 2012 Amnesty International ‘Freedom of Expression Award’.
One of the most talked about pieces of theatre to come out of the USA in the last few years has not been without controversy. After being broadcast and subsequently retracted from the popular radio programme This American Life, this is a tale that has clearly gotten under the skin of audiences and media alike. As a self-confessed “worshipper at the church of Apple”, playwright Daisey tugs at heart strings, and shows how one man’s story might not be able to topple an empire, but it can certainly give it a righteous shove.
Whether this show has garnered fame or infamy, whether it raises questions about the world’s favourite electronics brand or the importance of journalistic integrity in theatre- there is no denying its enormous impact.
“O’Rourke’s performance is never less than perfectly pitched” ««««« Fest Mag
“An hour-long tour de force, The Agony & Ecstasy of Steve Jobs is both a shockingly funny and uncomfortably compelling audience experience starring the excellent Grant O’Rourke.” ««««« ScotsGay
“A fantastically good story and one that if you have an iPhone in your pocket you won’t want to hear”
“I will never be the same after seeing that show.” Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, to The New York Times