In 2019, Canadian poet Rose Condo created The Empathy Experiment, asking if empathy was facing extinction because of our addictions to mobile devices. Rose won Best Spoken Word Show at the 2019 Greater Manchester Fringe, received critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe, and was shortlisted for Best Spoken Word show at the 2020 Saboteur Awards.

And then … the world changed.

And soon … Rose’s relationship with her phone completely changed.

Rose brings a revised version of the show to live audiences. Still a careful blend of poetry and prose, The Empathy Experiment 2.0 now looks different in a post-pandemic climate. In this one-hour performance, Rose explores new questions about our relationship with – and to – technology in this modern age.


AGE 12+

Please note this performance contains some mature language.

★★★★ (4 ½ stars) ‘A relevant and enthralling piece of work’ The Reviews Hub

★★★★ ‘The show’s a delight’ North West End

★★★★ ‘One of the many hidden gems that the Fringe is all about’ Everything Theatre

★★★★ ‘Her poetic storytelling is the highlight of the show’ The Feminist Fringe

★★★★ ‘She models true empathy’ Three Weeks

‘One of the most interesting, informative, amusing and, occasionally, poignant pieces of theatre I’ve seen in a long time. Highly Recommended.’ – FringeReview

‘An example of why we so desperately need to campaign for the survival of the arts’ – Northern Soul

‘Masterfully presented’ and ‘highly entertaining’ – Number 9

‘A charming, thought-provoking and clever production which draws on Condo’s skills as a poet and spoken word performer to create a very enjoyable hour of entertainment’ – She Wolf Reviews

About Rose Condo

Rose Condo is an award-winning Canadian spoken word artist and educator based in the North of England. A multiple slam champion, she has performed her work at festivals and events across the UK and internationally. Her debut collection After the Storm was published by Flapjack Press in November 2020.

You can find her online at, or in person (hopefully soon!) performing what acclaimed poet Dominic Berry calls “honest, unflinching, charming and deeply human poetry.”

Facebook: /empathyexperiment

Twitter: @rose_condo_poet