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Girl in the Machine

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Gripping… a piece of dystopian sci-fi in the manner of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. ★★★★
The Guardian


    Written byStef Smith
    Start date3 Apr 2017
    End date22 Apr 2017
  • MatineeWed 12, Sat 15, Sat 22 Apr, 2.30pm
  • TicketsFull price £18 / Standard concession £14 / Other concession £8

    World Premiere 
    Traverse Theatre Company 

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    Polly and Owen have nailed it. Both in successful careers and wildly in love, they feel ready to take on the world – and with Polly’s new promotion at work, it seems like life can’t get much better. 

    But when a mysterious new technology, promising a break from the daily grind, creeps into everyone’s phones, their world is turned upside down. As the line between physical and digital rapidly dissipates, and as the population begins to rebel, Polly and Owen are forced to question whether their definitions of reality and freedom are the same. 

    Presenting a disturbing but compassionate take on our potential digital future, and what it might mean for ‘life’ as we know it, Girl in the Machine is a timely exploration of technology in a world that’s falling apart. 

    Written by Traverse Associate Artist Stef Smith (Swallow, Human Animals, Roadkill) and directed by award- winning Traverse Artistic Director Orla O’Loughlin (Swallow, Milk, Grain in the Blood), Girl in the Machine was first performed in an early version, script-in-hand, as part of Breakfast Plays: Tech Will Tear Us Apart (?) series during Traverse Festival 2016

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    Mon 3 Apr, 7pm & Tue 4 Apr, 7.30pm

    Preview Tickets
    Full price £12
    Concession £10 

    Dates & Times
    Wed 5 – Sat 22 April, 7.30pm
    Matinees Wed 12, Sat 15, Sat 22 Apr, 2.30pm
    (No Sun or Mon performances)

    Full price £18
    Standard concession £14
    Other concession £8

    Visit our Box Office page for full pricing and booking information

    Access Performances
    British Sign Language, Sat 8 April, 7.30pm
    Audio Described (with Touch Tour), Tue 18 April, 7.30pm

    Post-show discussion Tue 11 Apr
    With the cast and the creative team

    Post-show conversation Thu 13 Apr
    With leading academics and scientists focusing on the
    themes within Girl in the Machine

    Find out more about the production and the surrounding themes in a series of science talks


    Age Recommendation 

    Note: Contains strong language, moderate violence and bodily harm

    Supported by Creative Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council

    Girl in the Machine is presented as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2017 and in partnership with the University of Edinburgh.

    Image: Mihaela Bodlovic
    Trailer production by Toad’s Caravan:

    • Orla O'Loughlin

    • Neil Warmington

    • Sergey Jakovsky

      Lighting Designer
    • Kim Moore

      Composer, Sound Designer
    • White & Givan

    • Nikki Kalkman

      Assistant Director, Leverhulme Arts Scholar and Recipient of the JMK Regional Assistant Director Bursary
    • Rosalind Sydney, Michael Dylan

    • Gripping… a piece of dystopian sci-fi in the manner of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. ★★★★
      The Guardian
    • Tense, engaging two-hander. ★★★★
      The Scotsman
    • Theatrical bliss. ★★★★★
      Edinburgh Evening News
    • Orla O’Loughlin’s ice-cool and innately physical production has a poetic heart worthy of Ray Bradbury. ★★★★
      The Herald
    • Two moving performances, and intimate direction from Orla O'Loughlin add to Smith's chilling evocation of technolus. ★★★★
      The List
    • A dark and powerful science fiction drama from Stef Smith. ★★★★
      The Wee Review
    • This is a play that gets in to your head. ★★★★
      Edinburgh Guide
    • A container load of a drama, ingeniously designed and neatly packaged. ★★★★
      Edinburgh 49
    • The passion and support afforded to playwrights by the Traverse is, within Scotland at least, incredibly welcome, both for the development of new work and for audiences keen to see it.
      Exeunt Magazine

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