The acclaimed production of EM Forster’s classic short story The Machine Stops, adapted for the stage by Neil Duffield and directed by Juliet Foster, now comes to Jacksons Lane. His short story masterpiece published in 1909 is astoundingly prophetic and poignant in 2017: a chilling prediction and exploration of our increasingly complex relationship with technology "You talk as if a god had made the Machine," cried the other. "I believe that you pray to it when you are unhappy. Men made it, do not forget that."

In a dystopian world where humans have retreated far underground, Kuno alone questions their now total dependency on technology to live and communicate with each other, but in his struggle to break out can he reach the Earth’s surface before the Machine stops?

Featuring a brand new soundtrack composed by John Foxx, pioneer of electronic music and founder of Ultravox, and analogue synth specialist, Benge.

It's a chilling warning of the dangers of losing sight of our own humanity - yet, as the many smart phones blink into action as the house lights go up, whether that warning will be heeded is anyone's guess (The Stage).

Jacksons Lane Artistic director, Adrian Berry comments, We're particularly thrilled to bring one of the country's leading touring companies to Jacksons Lane for their London premiere. Pilot are known for their physicality and innovation and I can't wait to see them in our theatre.

Jacksons Lane is a multi-arts venue in North London with a far-reaching, inclusive and accessible programme of performance and participation. Since 1975 they have helped launch the careers of artists like Complicite, The Mighty Boosh and Eddie Izzard. Today, they are the foremost supporter of contemporary circus in the UK, working with hundreds of artists each year to create new work.
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