The Machine Stops

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Fri 17 March 2017
Sat 18 March 2017
£13.50 & discounts
Mercury Studio Theatre

EM Forster is best known for his exquisite novels, but this short story masterpiece published in 1909 is astoundingly prophetic and poignant today: a chilling prediction and exploration of our increasingly complex relationship with technology.

‘You talk as if a god had made the Machine, Men made it, do not forget that.’ In a dystopian underground world, Kuno alone questions humanity’s total dependency on technology to live and communicate. In his struggle to break out, can he reach the Earth’s surface before the Machine stops?

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A highly impressive re-creation

Reviews Hub


The Machine Stops is an absolute gem

A Younger Theatre


Forster’s production has bags of tension

The York Press






and plenty of humour too

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