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Hymns For Robots


If, like me, you’re an old time Doctor Who fan then the name Delia Derbyshire should ring bells. Or at least set off beeps and whooshes. Derbyshire (1937-2001) was a composer who embraced the early days of ‘electronic music’. She’s probably most famous for her electronic arrangement of the original Doctor Who theme tune.

Derbyshire was born in Coventry. Her life and work is to be celebrated in Coventry based Noctium Theatre‘s new production Hymns For Robots.


According to Noctium:

“Audiences will be treated to an abstract audio landscape as they visit Delia’s childhood in the blitz through to her death in 2001.”

The show, which began life as an installation in a Berlin shopfront, is approximately 70mins long during which audiences will be treated to “strange sounds and weird wobbulations […] a sonic experience your ears won’t believe.” You can get a feel for what this means from watching the trailer above.

Hymns For Robots will be on at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre, 19th to 21st September 2018.