Girl In The Machine
By Stef Smith
A provocative play for our times.
Acclaimed as resembling ‘an episode of dystopian TV series Black Mirror but with a poetic heart worthy of Ray Bradbury at his warmest’ (The Scottish Herald), award-winning writer Stef Smith’s ground-breaking play Girl in the Machine explores our present-day unease about digital intrusiveness in this fast-paced, gripping, two-hander.
Polly and Owen’s relationship can’t get much better, but when ‘Black Box’ enters their lives promising to break the daily grind, cracks begin to show. As the line between physical and digital rapidly dissipates, and society fractures as the population begins to rebel, Polly and Owen are forced to question whether their definitions of reality and freedom are the same.
‘Placing your hope in humanity is a very dangerous thing.’ ‘Maybe it’s a brave thing? Because freedom isn’t digital.’
In a generation where science fiction is quickly becoming science fact, and developments such as ‘immortality tech’ are being explored practically rather than simply imagined, Theatre Space NE CIC are hoping to offer something of to-the-minute relevance to engage audiences in what will mark the first studio theatre tour of this nature for the company.