The Astonishing Comet Boombox

A comedy of post-internet truth and AI manipulation that takes an unexpected turn.

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A young woman in highlighted in inverted colours of fuchsia and sky blue is in the foreground. Behind her is a blended collage of a red sky beach with a tidal ocean, a starry night sky with a digital glitch that has foreshadowing eyes with the head of a black boombox. They are mixed and layered together.

Image Credit: Vivian Nguyen

  • Created by: Vivian Nguyen, Chenturan Aran and Ruby Duncan

  • Performed by: Ruby Duncan

Tech influencer, Retro, and her childhood AI, Comet, have a blockbuster relationship podcast. They are beacons of hope for human and AI relations. But a secret affair leads to a public meltdown, revealing the pathological lying that’s been maintaining their relationship.

The Astonishing Comet Boombox is a wild, multi-generational tale of two former best friends in a public fall-out, playing on either sides of a war, reuniting on an Esther Perel podcast, and going on an ancestral journey to the motherboard factory where it all began.

Surreal, wild, and wickedly funny, The Astonishing Comet Boombox is an incisive exploration of human-AI dynamics.

This project received Cash for Equity through the Fringe Fund, as part of the Ralph Mclean Microgrants program.

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