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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
Full price £12
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
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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
Note: Contains strong language.
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