Soul Trading

ATYP regrets to announce our production of SOUL TRADING will no longer be presented in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We hope to reschedule the production in 2021 and will keep you posted with updates later in the year.

The year is 2079. Humans are created with gene selection technology, Artificial Intelligence is part of everyday life and children’s best friends are their Learning Bots. Except for Jerry. Jerry is not like the others. Neither is Neutron Finch, an exceptionally clever Learning Bot who seems to appear out of nowhere. He is smarter than most Bots, funnier and also possibly illegal. It doesn’t take long for the status quo to unravel and one night, Jerry and his classmates are summoned to the oval…

The Bots want souls. Specifically, theirs. It’s up to six young minds to solve the greatest existential question of all time, in 24 hours no less. Will their soul-searching provide the answers they need to stop AI becoming humanity’s worst nightmare?

The ATYP Foundation Commission invests in work for young people to perform. Developed by ATYP and published by Playlab, we are creating a canon of work for young actors aged 10-13. This is your chance to see this exciting new Australian work before it goes on to be performed by schools and youth theatres around the country.

Season 2020

Previews 14–16 October
Season 16–24 October


Wed-Sat 7pm
Sun 5pm

Wed & Fri 11am
Live Stream Wed 21 Oct 12pm


Griffin Theatre
SBW Stables Theatre
10 Nimrod Street, Kings Cross


60 mins (no interval)



Winner! 2019 ATYP Foundation Commission (10-13 year olds)

The battle between AI and humans is about to get real!

Cast & Creative Team

Kate Walder

Heather Campbell

Jane FitzGerald

Image Credit

Art Director
Justin Stambouliah

Luke Stambouliah

Make Up
Sophia Lee

Image subject
Adelaide Kennedy

ATYP is proud to partner with Artology on this production.

Each year one of Artology‘s Fanfare winners is selected to create the sound design for the ATYP Foundation Commission production under the mentorship of award-winning composer Steve Francis. The 2020 recipient will help create the score for ATYP’s production of Soul Trading. Working alongside industry experts, their music will be professionally recorded and used for each performance of the season.