The Ethics of Progress

Written by Clare Duffy, Jon Spooner and Chris Thorpe in consultation with Professor Vlatko Vedral
A co-production with Oxford Playhouse and Leeds Met Studio Theatre

The thing about the future is, by the time it happens, it’s already too late…..

The Ethics of Progress was our mind-melting, jargon-free, whistle stop tour of leading edge Quantum Physics in which Creative Director Jon Spooner told the story of how his understanding of the world and everything in was radically altered by conversations with Professor Vlatko Vedral, Professor of Quantum Information at Oxford University. We met him during the writing process for another show called Tangle, and he re-programmed our heads explaining how the world doesn’t work in the ways we’d always assumed it did.

Inspired by Vlatko’s research and with support from Oxford Playhouse and Leeds Met Studio Theatre we made a show that explores the imagined, actual, ethical, political, religious and philosophical impacts of leading edge research in Quantum Physics. There were jokes too…

Jon invited his audience to consider how current developments in science-that-ain’t-fiction will irretrievably change the world as we currently view it. By avoiding jargon and explaining in straightforward terms the concepts of Superposition, Wave Particle Duality, Quantum Entanglement and Teleportation, ETHICS… pushed theoretical physics into real life situations and imagined the world as it might be in the not-too-distant future.

The Ethics of Progress toured extensively in the UK and overseas from 2007-2012. We’d still like to make a film of it.

Directed by Amy Hodge & Jon Spooner
Design + Visuals by Mic Pool

Welcome to the future. We hope we’ll make it.