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The Machine Stops

17 Mar - 18 Mar 2017
  • Approx 1 hr 25 mins
  • £13.50 & discounts
A drawing of a man with cogs, mechanisms and stairs instead of facial features (The Machine Stops Promotional Image)
"EM Forster's novella is brought to chilling, claustrophobic life with an evocative score by John Foxx"
— The Stage

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?

Image of set - hexagonal glass panels 



Mercury Studio Theatre
  • Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT, Essex, UK

Box Office: 01206 573948

The Mercury's 98-seater Studio theatre, with parking nearby at St. Mary’s multi-storey car park!

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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, drama, intrigue, and plenty of humour too"
— The York Press
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