5 – 8 October 2022 Soul Trading by Kate Walder


I can see your souls.
They might be imperceptible to the human eye
but it’s very clear to us that you have something that we don’t

The year is 2079. Humans are created with gene selection technology, Artificial Intelligence is part of everyday life and children’s best friends are their Learning Bots. Except for Jerry. Jerry is not like the others. Neither is Neutron Finch, an exceptionally clever Learning Bot who seems to appear out of nowhere. He is smarter than most Bots, funnier and also possibly illegal. It doesn’t take long for the status quo to unravel and one night, Jerry and his classmates are summoned to the oval…

The Bots want souls. Specifically, theirs. It’s up to six young minds to solve the greatest existential question of all time within 24 hours. Will their soul-searching provide the answers they need to stop AI destroying the world as they know it?

Soul Trading, winner of the 2019 Junior Australian Theatre for Young People Foundation Commission, is a funny, fascinating and eye-opening sci-fi adventure that asks vital questions about human connection, and our rapidly-evolving relationship with technology. We are proud to present this world premiere production during the October school holidays.

This performance is supported by Canberra Theatre Centre, as part of a commitment to nurturing the young and emerging artists of the ACT.


Ted Abraham
Imogen Bigsby-Chamberlin
Sa-Li Ann Chan
Orlando Dove
Clancy Hoban
Theo Jebb
Aadhya Karthik
Sophie Khokhar
Hudson Matthew
Erine Simenel
Kleio Slater
Aiden Titheridge

Creative Team

Director  Jena Prince
Set & Costume Designer  Phoenix Mae
Lighting Designer  Antony Hateley
Sound Designer  Patrick Haesler
Assistant Director  Caitlin Baker
Stage Manager  Rhiley Winnett
Assistant Stage Manager  Sophie Blackburn

Generously supported by:


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Wednesday – Saturday 7:00pm
Wednesday & Friday 11:00am
Saturday 2:00pm


The Courtyard Studio
Canberra Theatre Centre
Civic Square, London Circuit


Full $30
Concession $24
School Group Bookings: $18 Student / Teacher + 1 free teacher for every 10 students
$5.95 transaction fee applies

Suitable for

Age 8+


70 minutes , no interval