“If thoughts corrupt language, language can also corrupt thought” - George Orwell
An audience of prospective customers gather in a screening room to watch a film promoting Xanadu, a ‘revolutionary concept in clear-conscience living’.
The film describes the origins of the Xanadu concept. Some years ago, beings from another planet colonised Earth and enslaved the human race. At first the native humans were seen as a vulgar and insignificant form of life, but over time a more sympathetic attitude has evolved.
Xanadu is a residential community promising good health, companionship and peace of mind to all of its residents. Uniquely, it is staffed entirely by humans, who benefit from the most ethical employment practices imaginable; luxury can now be acquired guilt-free.
The promotional film outlines just some of the ways in which the Xanadu model enriches the lives of inhabitants. An on-site dairy provides milk from happy human mothers. Attractive humans are treated with great respect as they are hired to fulfil the residents’ social and sexual needs. And when a human grows too old to work their compulsory euthanisation is handled with the greatest care.
Welcome to Xanadu.
Voice Over Artist - Amanda Wilkin
Amanda is an actor and playwright. Her play Shedding a Skin won the Verity Bargate Award in 2020. She performed in the play in June 2021 at Soho Theatre.
As an actor, Amanda’s theatre credits include; SHEDDING A SKIN (Soho Theatre); EMILIA (Shakespeare’s Globe & West End); WHITE TEETH (Kiln Theatre); GRINNING MAN (Trafalgar Studios); THE 306:DAY (National Theatre Scotland); LA RONDE (The Bunker Theatre); PILGRIMS (Theatre Clwyd/HighTide Festival/The Yard Theatre); A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, HAMLET, GABRIEL, THE TEMPEST (Shakespeare’s Globe); HOPELESSLY DEVOTED (Paines Plough & Birmingham REP); ARABIAN NIGHTS (Watermill Theatre); THE BACCHAE, BLOOD WEDDING (Royal and Derngate); MARAT/SADE, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (RSC); STAMPING, SHOUTING AND SINGING HOME (Nuffield Theatre) and THE TWITS (Dukes Theatre).
Television includes; THE SPLIT (BBC1); FINDING ALICE (ITV); UNFORGOTTEN (ITV); GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE (STARZ); HOLBY CITY (BBC1); BERLIN STATION (EPIX); DOCTORS (BBC1) and GAVIN AND STACEY (BBC3 & Baby Cow Productions).
Film includes; MAMMA MIA: HERE WE GO AGAIN! (Obscure Pictures).
Amanda trained at Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama.
Xanadu Presenter - Sherrett Dahlstrom
Growing up in Belize, Sherrett’s early fascination with her country’s complex rainforest flora and fauna led to a passionate lifelong interest in ecology and a desire to protect the natural world so future generations of children could enjoy the planet’s wonders.
Whilst studying agriculture at university, she was asked to partake in the Miss Belize pageant and selected to represent her country in Miss World. After graduating, she was able to support her further study of global ecological systems through a successful career in modelling in both the US and Europe.
Sherrett has been a leading activist in her country’s fight for climate justice and a prominent figure in multiple NGO’s which support the protection of the environment and child welfare. More recently, she was instrumental in establishing Belize’s main orphanage.
In her work for NGO’s, Sherrett has worked with internationally-celebrated artists from a range of disciplines on projects which support environmental advancement. Sherrett is delighted to step in front of the camera, this time as an actress, in a film which satirises the more superficial attitudes towards earth and its inhabitants.