The Machine Stops

Pilot Theatre Company

7 Mar 11 Mar
"You talk as if a god had made the Machine," cried the other. "I believe that you pray to it when you are unhappy. Men made it, do not forget that."

In a dystopian world where humans have retreated far underground, Kuno alone questions their now total dependency on technology to live and communicate with each other, but in his struggle to break out can he reach the Earth’s surface before the Machine stops?

A chilling prediction and exploration of our increasingly complex relationship with technology based on a short story by EM Forster. Featuring a brand new soundtrack composed by John Foxx, pioneer of electronic music and founder of Ultravox, and analogue synth specialist Benge.

Produced in association with York Theatre Royal.

Recommended age: 11+
Duration: 1h 25 mins, no interval

Please note that latecomers may not be admitted.

Chilling and claustrophobic

The Stage

A form of dystopian aerial ballet

The Guardian

A triumphant score of chest-crushing anxiety.

The i

an absolute gem

A Younger Theatre

stimulating and well-pitched

British Theatre Guide

A riveting glimpse of a future that’s already here.

Daily Mail

highly inventive

North West End

a fascinating production

The Times

It feels like a warning

The Times

bags of tension, drama, intrigue, and plenty of humour

York Press

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