The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs explores impact of Apple on our lives

This article is from 2012

The Agony And The Ecstasy Of Steve Jobs

Grant O'Rourke performs Mike Daisey's controversial examination of technological change at Edinburgh Fringe

When he died in October last year more than one million followers flooded the Apple website, sharing their memories of Steve Jobs. Commentators hailed him a modern day Da Vinci while pundits pondered the man affectionately known as Apple’s Messiah. Author Mike Daisey took his fascination a step further, journeying to China to investigate the factories where millions make the iPods and iPhones Jobs created. The resulting smash hit show finds its way across the pond for this year’s Fringe, with actor Grant O’Rourke in the lead role.

‘The themes are much more universal than I first imagined,’ explains O’Rourke of Daisey’s controversial script. ‘The focus lies more on Jobs’ role in changing the world and our complicity in that – the choices that we have all made affect the lives of individuals on a global scale.

‘If you own any electronic product, not just Apple, this story is relevant to you. It’s not necessarily a story of good and evil. But that doesn’t mean we can’t try to see the world, and our role in it, differently.’

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs Revisited

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Gilded Balloon. Daisey's play about America's mysterious technology icon is revisited for 2013. This is a hilarious and sometimes harrowing tale of Steve Jobs and the Chinese workers toiling to make your beloved iPhones. Explore the legality and morality of electronic sweatshops in China, complete with armed guards…

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