In the future, everyone in the world has a mandatory chip inserted in their bodies, giving the police and government the ability to find out where you are, the status of your health and to learn all about your personal history.
That scary, yet realistic, sci-fi scenario is the premise for this taut drama from Winnipeg’s White Rabbit Productions. The multimedia show could have been a heavy-handed affair focusing on shady government operatives and conspiracies; instead, The Chip takes a decidedly more human approach, looking at the impact the technology could have on the lives of three people: by-the-book policeman Mark, his rule-bending partner Smith, and Mark’s sister Jesse, played to believable perfection by fringe vets Shawn Kowalke, Murray Farnell and Chelsea Rankin, respectively.
The quick-moving script brings up numerous ethical and personal questions along the way. One thing is for sure — you wouldn’t want a chip in your body.
— Rob Williams
From the official Fringe Festival program:
In 2004, despite FDA warnings of "adverse tissue reaction" and "electrical hazards," the RFID microchip (Radio Frequency Identification) was first implanted in humans. Meet three people in the not-too-distant future who struggle to find freedom in a world with no more secrets.
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language, Gunshots,
RECOMMENDED: Mature Audience
Canwest Performing Arts Centre (Venue 9), to Sunday
Under 16 not admitted.