Girl In The Machine

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Girl In The Machine

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 20 June - 29 June 2019
Category Live Event

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta presents
By Stef Smith

★★★★ – While our humanity is the thing that tears us apart, this thoughtful play suggests it is also the one thing capable of putting us back together.” – The Scotsman

Polly and Owen have nailed it. Both in successful careers and wildly in love, they feel ready to take on the world…

A gripping play in the manner of Black Mirror (Netflix), Humans (BBC) and Westworld (HBO), where one can be seduced by the realities of virtual worlds.

A play about love, humanity and being human that plays with our present-day unease about the intrusiveness of technology. This is a brave new world where microchips are embedded into your skin and a seductive virtual reality headset offers an addictive escape which threatens to be lethal.

Stef Smith (Swallow) hooks into several of our contemporary concerns, from centralising control of big data to the blurring of work and home in an always-on digital world and looks at a time when we just might prefer the digital version of ourselves?

Yet humanity, love and the possibility of resistance and redemption are rising up in protest. This is a dystopia where change may be tough, but it’s possible.

Suitable for: Ages 15+

FYI This production contains coarse language and deals with grief, suicide and addiction

Dates & Times:

General Public and Schools Performances
Thursday 20 June at 7:45pm – Preview
Friday 21 June at 7:45pm – Preview
Saturday 22 June at 7:45pm – Opening Night
Tuesday 25 June at 7:45pm
Wednesday 26 June at 7:45pm
Thursday 27 June at 11am & 7:45pm
Friday 28 June at 7:45pm
Saturday 29 June at 2:15pm & 7:45pm

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Illustration by Aidan Roberts

Stef Smith

Claudia Barrie

Brandon McClelland and Chantelle Jamieson

Set and Costume Design 
Ella Butler

Lighting Designer
Benjamin Brockman

Sound Designer
Benjamin Pierpoint



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Girl in the Machine is an innovative, thought provoking and a highly recommended piece of theatre…” – Brianna McCarthy, The Buzz From Sydney

“Claudia Barrie’s direction gives her cast a pinpoint physical expression of the context and mood.  In bringing the characters to the floor quite often, Barrie initially educes a relaxed domesticity and later a squirming helplessness which is very powerful storytelling.” – Judith Greenaway, Reviews by Judith

“…it’s a short, punchy play with strong performances…” – Cassie Tongue, Timeout

“McClelland and Jamieson perform strongly…” – Jason Blake, Audrey Journal

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Child 15 - 18 years $30

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