Shortwave Theatre Festival
Shortwave Theatre Festival
"R.U.R." (Rossum's Universal Robots)-A Shortwave Radio Theatre Camp Production

CFRC 101.9 FM hosted youth ages 12-16 this summer at the station during the first ever Shortwave Radio Theatre Camps!  Campers attended our weekly sessions, learned radio production skills and participated in the creation of radio theatre plays for broadcast on August 20, 2023.  CFRC’s camps were generously supported by the Kingston Arts Council and also the Dan School of Drama and Music.

In a future world humanity’s creations have become their greatest challenge. Robots, once simple machines, now exhibit signs of intelligence and individuality, and maybe a spark of humanity.

Helena, a daring woman of the Humanity League, uses her stature as the President’s daughter to fight for the Robots’ liberation and recognition as fellow beings. But the factory’s scientists insist they are soulless machines. Dr. Gall’s secret experimentations – clouded by unrequited love – have made the Robots even more human-like.

Tensions rise as an uprising brews among the Robots, led by the charismatic Radius, fueled by their covetous desire for power after Dr.Gall’s tampering. As the factory becomes a battleground –  fear and desperation grip both sides, and the once clear line between creator and creation blurs, giving rise to startling revelations.

In this thrilling radio play adaptation of Karel Capek’s “R.U.R.,” brought to you be CFRC’s Shortwave Radio Theatre Camp, humanity’s fate hangs in the balance as the line between human and machine becomes indistinguishable. Gripping and thought-provoking, it delves into profound questions about identity, ethics, and the future of humanity itself. Brace yourself for an electrifying journey that challenges everything you know.

Cast List

Leon – Dr. Gall
Oscar – Busman & Fabry
Santi – Alquist
Peace – Helena & Robot Helena
Jayde – Radius & Primus & Robots
Raymond – Domin & Servant
Immaculate – Sulla & Hallemeier