Operatic Folk Protest Masquerade in 3 punishments and 14 songs
AUTOHOODENING - THE RISE OF CAPTAIN SWING
In time for the holidays, Captain Swing returns from past worker uprisings in a consciousness-raising folk opera film for the age of A.I. Capitalism.
Captain Swing, the fictional face of worker dissent in the great English agricultural uprising of 1830, is resurrected to confront the horrors of working as a seasonal associate in an Amazon fulfilment centre. Will Swing help the workers to overcome Alexis the evil scanner, a symbol of Amazon's regime of technological discipline?
Under constant surveillance and the threat of dismissal, pickers and packers in Amazon’s fulfilment centres work to their physical limits to keep up with algorithmically regulated performance targets. They risk their health and continue to struggle for basic employment rights, whilst Jeff Bezos continues to see his personal wealth grow and grow.
It really is time to think before you click.
Collectively written and produced by Post Workers Theatre and Infinite Opera, with support from GMB, Goldsmiths MADEP Students, Vivid Projects and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Costumes from James Edward Frost and Lottie Wood. Filmed by Andy Wilsher and Ian Armstrong. Sound recorded by Katherine Evans and Reiss Smith.