The Machine Stops

The Machine Stops

Part of Streamdoor: theatre you can watch from home

“Following the success of The Tempest and Operation Elsewhere, (watched by 5000 people in 14 countries so far) this is Big Telly's third new show made entirely in isolation and performed via Zoom”

Overview

The Machine Stops is a spookily relevant short story written by E. M. Forster in 1909. It imagines a future where people live underground in isolated cells, never seeing one another and communicating only by audio and visual devices.

A 100 year old ago about lockdown, isolation, what we stand to gain from technology and what we stand to lose from the absence of human contact.

The Machine Stops is a live, engaging and creative illustration of Victorian culture and psyche. The complex multiple layers of the era’s culture, thinking & fears just as the western world begins its accelerated journey into modernity....

It's pure zeitgeist theatre. Victorian age - parlour games, vignettes, picnics and punting. It is thought-provoking, imaginative and fun, bringing an audience together as a community to celebrate the connections between people and our resilience and capacity to bounce back. Big Telly creates an escapist adventure into a steampunk world of curious Victoriana - flowers with secret messages, dining in the dark, tea-duelling, crystal gazing, parlour games, vignettes and charades, punting and picnics. Nostalgic and surreal gatherings and characters of another era in a world of isolation.

Date & time

Show ended
Sat 6 Jun & Sun 7 Jun, 3pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 1 hr

Venue

The World Wide Web Earth...? London, UK · Get Directions

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