Just because someone is made, doesn’t mean they’re owned.

The Made

by Emily Perkins

20 SEP - 8 OCT 2022 — Theatre



Auckland Theatre Company


ASB Waterfront Theatre


2 hours, including interval


Contains strong language and sexual content

Set in a strangely familiar time and place, this is a funny, astute and unmissable new play.

What if you could hand your caregiving duties to a humanoid robot with real feelings?

Visionary scientist Alice is at the cutting edge of her field, striving to generate emotions in robots. But, when those robots are used for domestic service, how will they feel?

As Alice nears her goal, family accusations and workplace betrayals are unleashed – along with an artificial intelligence (AI) creation that is far beyond anyone’s control. Alice and her family – child Sam and ex-husband David – are forced to grapple with what this new technology will mean for humanity and the tension between creator and creation, mother and child, perfect cyborg and imperfect human.

In The Made, commissioned by Auckland Theatre Company after her explosive re-imagining of A Doll’s House in 2015, award-winning New Zealand author Emily Perkins (Novel About My Wife, Not Her Real Name and Other Stories) explores the concepts of humanity, creation and family connection with characteristic insight and wit. With Colin McColl at the helm, The Made makes its worldwide debut in 2022.

“This is exciting new writing from a brilliant author, abundant with wit, intelligence and warm humour, adroitly grappling with the ethical quandaries humankind faces as we seek to invest machines with human qualities and just what that might mean...” – Jonathan Bielski



Show Programme


“Hannah Tasker-Poland is a revelation.”

— New Zealand Herald

“Alison Bruce in a standout performance.”

— NZ Arts Review

“Sharp, hilarious and thought-provoking…a terrific theatre experience.”

— Theatrescenes


“Powerhouse performances from the three lead female actors.”

— Theatreview


“Uproariously funny.”

— Andrew Whiteside


“…full of laughs, excellent physicality, chaotic action and a deeper message to ponder.”

— Keeping Up with NZ

Special Events

Backstage Story (Cancelled)

Mon 5 Sep 6:00pm

Discover the world behind the curtain at Backstage Story, a behind-the-scenes presentation with the director, designers and cast. Backstage Story is free to attend at our studios at 487 Dominion Road.


Sunday Forum

Sun 25 Sep 3:00pm
Join us at the ASB Waterfront Theatre auditorium, before the 4pm performance, to hear from a special guest speaker and enrich your experience of the show.


Pay What You Wish

Tue 27 Sep 5:30pm

Our doors are thrown open on Pay What You Wish night.

Join us and experience live performance with like-minded people, in an atmosphere that values community and inspires creativity. Everyone is welcome.

Tunes, drinks, art installations and a free photobooth will be provided, followed by a performance of The Made. And yes, you can literally pay what you want.

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Accessible Performances

Audio-Described & Touch Tour

Sun 2 Oct 4:00pm
Audio-described performances are open to all and include a live audio commentary relayed to blind and low-vision patrons in the audience via an earpiece. Patrons with accessibility tickets can also attend a touch-tour 90 minutes before the performance. 

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Sat 8 Oct 8:00pm
NZSL-interpreted performances are open to all and feature an interpreter on stage to interpret the show for Deaf and hard-of-hearing patrons in the audience.

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