Wildly in love, Polly and Owen have successful careers and feel ready to take on the world, until a new form of wearable technology, equally seductive and dangerous, threatens to destroy it all. This “Black Box” drives a wedge between them. The line between the real and the virtual rapidly dissipates, and as the population begins to rebel, Polly and Owen are forced to question whether their definitions of reality and freedom are the same.
Girl in the Machine is written by Stef Smith (Swallow), directed by two-time Sydney Theatre Award Nominee Claudia Barrie (Dry Land at KXT, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at the Old Fitz) and stars Logie award winner Brandon McClelland (Sydney Theatre Co’s The Present, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Foxtel’s Devil’s Playground) and Chantelle Jamieson (Peter Rabbit, STC’s Still Point Turning: The Catherine McGregor Story).
Gripping, in the manner of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror, flesh-and-blood humanity is not easily contained. A play about love and being human that entertains our present-day unease about the intrusiveness of technology.
Written by Stef Smith Directed by Claudia Barrie with Brandon McClelland and Chantelle Jamieson.
‘Girl in the Machine holds up a vision of the future that poses vital questions of our time … This is a play that gets into your head.’ ★★★★ – Edinburgh Guide
Press from the premiere production at The Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh April 2017.