THEATRE SPACE NORTH EAST
‘BLACK BOX’ WOULD LIKE TO INVITE AUDIENCES TO EXPLORE THE EVOLVING AND, FOR SOME, UNSETTLING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HUMANITY AND TECHNOLOGY THIS FEBRUARY, IN THIS BLACK MIRROR-ESQUE SCI-FI DRAMA.
Innovative Sunderland based theatre company Theatre Space North East are breaking new ground this year with a production of award-winning writer Stef Smith’s gripping near-future drama Girl in the Machine set to tour the North East in February.
This provocative ‘play-for-our-times’ will visit Northern Stage, Gala Theatre, The Customs House, The Exchange, SeventeenNineteen Sunderland, and Theatre@41 Monkgate throughout February, details of which can be found at www.theatrespace.org.uk.
In a generation where science fiction is quickly becoming science fact, and developments such as ‘immortality tech’ are being explored rather than simply imagined, Theatre Space 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.
Artistic Director, Corinne Kilvington, states “This tour represents an important and exciting step in the natural progression of Theatre Space North East. Having built a reputation of engaging diverse audiences with wide-ranging content, Girl in the Machine serves to further that spectrum, and we’re very fortunate to have the opportunity to stage such a ground-breaking play written by one of the UK’s most sought-after and respected female writers.’
Corinne, who will act in the piece, will be joined by established North East actor Lawrence Neale (Beyond the End of the Road, Rainbird) in a piece that will be directed by Jamie Brown (Hadaway Harry, Bobby Robson Saved My Life, Geordie The Musical) who had this to say about the upcoming production:
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), the play explores our present-day unease about digital intrusiveness in this fast-paced two-hander where the line between physical and digital rapidly dissipates.
‘Placing your hope in humanity is a very dangerous thing.’ ‘Maybe it’s a brave thing? Because freedom isn’t digital.’
“This is an exciting play – Stef Smith’s taut script is excellent, fast-paced, and explores
the increasingly blurred lines between the human and the digital which, whether we like it or not, will
continue to be part of all of our lives. Brilliant series such as Black Mirror and Years and Years have
increasingly made such stories the realm of television, but Girl in the Machine strikes a blow for
them being as at home in the theatre and will prove refreshing to some – adding to the wealth of
creative diversity engaging and entertaining audiences of all types across the region.”