Girl In The Machine

By Stef Smith

20 — 29 Jun 2019

Content Tabs


Australian Premiere
‘Theatrical bliss’ ★★★★★ – Evening News

In the near future, a little black box will divide us all.
What will be your reality?


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.

Mature themes.

Opening night images. 

Suitable for: Ages 15+. This production contains coarse language and adult content.

‘Girl in the Machine holds up a vision of the future that poses vital questions of our time … This is a play that gets in to your head.’ ★★★★ – Edinburgh Guide


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 and 7.45pm
Friday 28 June at 7.45pm
Saturday 29 June at 2.15pm and 7.45pm


Riverside Theatres, Cnr Church and Market Sts Parramatta

Illustration by Aidan Roberts


Cast & Creatives

Stef Smith

Claudia Barrie

Brandon McClelland and Chantelle Jamieson

Set and Costume Design 
Ella Butler

Lighting Designer
Benjamin Brockman

Sound Designer
Benjamin Pierpoint

Creative Futures
Pippa Ellams


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