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Riverside Theatre – The Machine Stops

Big Telly Theatre Company in partnership with the Riverside Theatre & Ulster University present The Machine Stops.

By EM Forster (Author of A Room with a View, Howards End)

Saturday 6th June 2020 – 3pm & 7.30pm

Sunday 7th June 2020 – 3pm & 7.30pm

Tickets: £15 (Group rates available on request – email r.sturgeon@ulster.ac.uk for more information)

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. 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.

“Beware of first-hand ideas!” people are told. Humanity has been overtaken by “the Machine,” which provides all comforts and meets all needs—except the need for human contact.

*Ticket to the event will also admit you to THE BIG AFTER- DEBATE including VIP panellists – details to follow.

Please note, this performance will be conducted through Zoom – you will need to download the Zoom app onto the device you will be watching the show from.Ticket prices are per screen/device. Bookers will be emailed the Zoom link before the show starts. For more information please email r.sturgeon@ulster.ac.uk.