The Uneasy Sleeps Of Max Maxwell

…waking up to artificial intelligence

A new one-act play by Richard Hasnip, followed by conversations with leading scientists.

Max’s grip on domestic practicalities is slipping, but if his brain-child is a success will all be forgiven?

Cutting-edge computer programmer Max Maxwell is days away from launching his new ‘ethical’ A.I. system, while his wife Ruth, vicar of the local church, is doing her best to support him – as well as their teenage son Sam, avid consumer of social media, and her mum, Helen, experiencing dementia in a local care home. And here there’s talk of introducing robot carers. In his sleep-deprived state, a few colourful dreams and imaginary conversations with his ‘project’ help Max to explore the possibilities of what A.I. could become in the not-so-distant future.

All this provides an entertaining human story to spark questions about the ways in which A.I. already, and surely will, interact with our lives. After the play, there will be a short interval followed by live Q&A with expert scientists from the local area (read their biographies here). Come and raise your questions. 


“Wonderfully provocative!”

“The performance last night was fantastic, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to host. I am impressed at the company’s enthusiasm, energy and sheer hard work.”

“The actors were simply amazing we had a great time sharing a meal and they said we were the best audience!”

“What a great evening. So well organised and put together. Thought provoking and inspiring”

 “Everyone left with a massive smile, which says this was a successful evening !!!”

“I much enjoyed the play and also the ability to respond to so many interesting questions”

“Please pass on my compliments to the writer on the accuracy and plausibility of the treatment of technology in the piece, while also portraying a compelling and relatable human family situation.”

“It was an inspired play and so nice to see such a realistic portrayal of a software engineer, very rare for the performing arts”


Spring 2023 UK Tour – BOOK YOUR TICKETS NOW!

If you would like to buy tickets for this brilliant evening of theatre, faith and scientific discussion, please click the link below or phone the box office on 01904 655317

If you have any questions, please email


Tue 31 January, 7:30PM St Michael Le Belfrey, York
Thu 2 February, 7.30PM Hull Minster, Hull
Sat 4 February, 7.30pm St Matthew’s Church, Bristol
Sat 11 February, 7:00PM Christ Church West Green, N London
Mon 20 February, 7:30PM Hillside Church, Gateshead
Tue 21 February, 7.30pm St Mary’s Church, Beverley
Thu 23 February, 7.30pm St John’s Church, Wakefield
Sat 25 February, 7.30pm St Peter’s Church, Merseyside
Sun 26 February, 7:30PM St Giles’ Church, Wrexham
Wed 1 March, 7.30pm St Mary’s Eaton Socon, Cambs