Here we present a collection of radio dramas that have ROBOTS as the heart of their story.

Robots and androids have frequently been depicted or described in works of fiction. The word “robot” itself comes from a work of fiction, Karel Čapek’s play, R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) written in 1920 and first performed in 1921 – before METROOLIS!    We think this is one of the most important pieces of science fiction writing, spawning so many books and films.  The so-called ‘robots’ have 4 years life spans, want the secret of reproducing or creating themselves and in the end want their human masters gone.

We loved R.U.R so much we had it re-translated and re-written for the festival by Ivor Benjamin and performed last at the British Library!  You can hear the full reading by a cast of fabulous actors below.   One day, we’d like to see a film version!

We hope you enjoy these recordings.

ROSSUM'S UNIVERSAL ROBOTS - Live(Written by Ivor Benjamin (2011))

The Robot Collection

Our favourite Robot OTR shows - enjoy.