Directors’ Festival: Girl in the Machine A gripping, fast-paced drama about technology and its role in society

Directors’ Festival: Girl in the Machine

The Wardrobe Theatre

Key Information
  • Dates Fri 13 May 2022 - Sat 14 May 2022
  • Location The Wardrobe Theatre
  • Ticket Price

    £10 per double bill
    £35 for all eight plays

  • Times

    7.30pm; 2.30pm matinee

  • Written by Stef Smith
    Directed by Ellie Jay Stevens
    Designed by Hugo Dodsworth

A gripping, fast-paced drama about technology and its role in society

“Reality is so slippery – so subjective. The gap is getting smaller between human and hardware”

Girl in the Machine is a gripping and fast-paced drama about technology in the near future. People are chipped, nurses are becoming redundant and new technology has just been released. This Black Box helps people to relax and unwind. However, paradise comes with a glitch: an option to upload your consciousness and leave your body to die with the promise (from the technology itself) that you will live forever in bliss.

The play revolves around Polly and Owen, a successful and wildly in-love couple. However, as this new technology creeps further into their lives, they are forced to look within and confront their feelings about both the world around them as well as themselves.

This amateur production of Girl in the Machine is presented by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.
This play is part of a double bill with Jumpers for Goalposts as part of Directors’ Festival 2022.


Owen Joe Edgar

Polly Chiara Lari

Voice Alex Crook

Creative and Technical Team

Director Ellie Jay Stevens

Designer Hugo Dodsworth

Voice Coach Jonathan Grosberg

Sound Designer and Operator Elliot Paris-Hamilton

Assistant Production Manager Joe Culpin

Costume Supervisor Shanice Dacres

Stage Manager Jack Bain

Deputy Stage Manager Katrina-Summer Richards

Rehearsal DSM Lydia Morgan

Prop Makers Ziva Bucer, Tommy Karolyi, Isabella Keating, Lisa Viel-Vigneron

Construction Assistants Jocelyn Chen, Iona Hicks, Muir McFadden, Sally Strong

Embrace your individuality. The School is looking for each artist’s nuances and seeks to nurture and strengthen them when you study here. Éloïse Richmond, MA Screen Acting Student