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Think tense love triangle in a dystopian digital age. In Girl In The Machine life couldn’t be better for loved up Polly and Owen until the ‘Black Box’ enters their lives. This mysterious new technology promises to break the daily grind, but as the line becomes blurred between the physical world and the digital world, the cracks in their relationship begin to show.

As this disruptive force creeps into everyone’s phones and society fractures as the population begins to rebel, award-winning writer Stef Smith explores our growing present-day concerns about digital intrusiveness, the centralising control of big data and the blur between work and home in an always-on digital world, asking how soon will it be before we start preferring a digital version of ourselves?

Directed by Theatre Space North East creative producer Jamie Brown, Girl In The Machine will engage and entertain audiences at multiple dates across the region. Fans of popular culture, including dystopian sci-fi like Black Mirror, will love this production featuring local actors Andrew Neale and Corinne Kilvington, which successfully brings the genre into the theatre in a fast-paced, gripping way.

Stef Smith’s hard-hitting play raises all the questions we’re all asking as we daily witness awe-inspiring (and maybe also terrifying) advances in technology. Girl In The Machine starts the conversation – what you then do with it is up to you.

In February, Girl In The Machine is at Customs House, South Shields (Thursday 10th); The Exchange, North Shields (Friday 11th); 17Nineteen, Sunderland (Saturday 12th); Gala Durham (Saturday 19th) and Northern Stage, Newcastle (Friday 25th).

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