Photograph by Inigo Alcaniz


DEFRAG_ spins a tender story of lost love and artificial intelligence into a global fable spanning the collapse of civilisation and the dawn of a transcendental posthuman technofuture. But it’s not the end of the world.

In London a damaged soul reassembles the fragments of his shattered life. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a digital archive management system called Madeleine begins to develop a mind of her own and things take a turn for the altogether stranger...

KEYWORDS: confessional soliloquy; Maurice Chevalier; light refracted through raindrops; love letters; nudity; what’s in the box?


“The greatest strength in this piece is Lyall’s performance: his deadpan delivery, his dry sense of humour and his impeccable comic timing which is so convincing that it at first confuses then completely engages the audience as they journey with him to the dystopian reality that he will come to inhabit.”

Bel Cameron, Exeunt Magazine