3.9 (9) · Contemporary

“Your skin oughtn't to curl - ought it - when he just comes near you- ought it? That's wrong, ain't it? You don't get over that, do you - ever, do you or do you?”


The city. A woman is restless. A woman is suffocating. A woman is silenced.

The woman revolts.

Natalie Abrahami directs a visceral production of Sophie Treadwell’s expressionist masterpiece.

Critic reviews

Captivating, resonant and fittingly intense production of Sophie Treadwell’s expressionistic play

The Stage

Gaspingly intense revival of Sophie Treadwell‘s expressionist masterpiece about a woman who snaps one day

Time Out

Machinal remains here more a play to admire and wonder at than a revelatory insight into a woman's desperate soul. It is chilly as well as dazzling


Emily Berrington, best known from Channel Four’s Humans, brings a wounded seriousness to the central role of Helen, trapped by convention yet relentlessly wondering whether she can speak up for herself

Evening Standard

Feels like it could have been written last week

The Independent

An unforgettable portrait of a particular woman and of America itself as a hellishly dehumanised assembly line

The Guardian

Unsubtle but fascinating study of 20th-century women's plight

The Telegraph

Date & time

Show ended
Mon 4 Jun - Sat 21 Jul, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


Almeida Theatre Islington N1 1TA London, UK · Get Directions
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