The Machine Stops – A virtual tour.

The Machine Stops – A virtual tour.

When and Where.

The show runs Saturday 6th June 2020 – 3pm & 7.30pm & Sunday 7th June 2020 – 3pm & 7.30pm

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Virtual Touring.

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. Proudly presented in partnership with The Riverside Theatre and via a virtual tour in association with The Marketplace Armagh, The Portico of Ards and  Newry, Mourne and Down District Council

      Watch The Machine Stops Traile

E.M. Forster

In 1909, E.M Forster wrote the short story ‘The Machine Stops’. It imagined a world where the human race lived in total isolation underground, shunning contact with each other, except through the machine. The Victorian author could not have envisaged how prophetic his words would be for a 2020 of lockdown and self isolation. Where loving words, reminiscences and even theatre are exchanged across the internet.

Big Telly’s brilliant live online adaptation of The Machine Stops is a rich, creative illustration of Victorian culture and psyche. The complex multiple layers of the era’s thinking just as the western world begins its accelerated journey into modernity.. A steampunk world of Victorian curio, where humans exist in underground isolation, living only through ‘The Machine’. Where normality is bizarre technology, and the world outside the machine a deadly place. But here, amongst the strange and the odd … there is hope.. ‘Because any moment, something tremendous may happen’.

Ticket to the event will also admit you to two special events.

Our Partner venues.

Watch NI artists talk about The Riverside Theatre here

The Marketplace Theatre Armagh

Ards and North Down and The Portico here

and Newry here

Tickets: £15 (Group rates available on request – email for more information)

Limited capacity per show. Book early!

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