Grandad and the machine

Dates and Times

13th to 15th October at 9pm

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Ticket information

£12 / £10

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Presented by Jack Dean
12+A story for anyone who ever dreamed of a different world.A hundred-year-old mechanical monster emerges from the waves. Everyday objects turn on their makers and the Empire is plunged into chaos. No one knows why. No one can stop it.

Except maybe Grandad. He always was good with a spanner.

That’s why Imogen and her father head north to find him. Their journey becomes an epic quest across England that leads to the heart of a dark family secret. A brand new steampunk fairytale for grownups, mixing vivid storytelling with an original score. There will be Zeppelins. It will be whimsical. We will overcome tyranny while having a rollicking good time.

“Artists like Jack Dean make us excited about what they’ll do next” – The Guardian
“Original, peppered with wit and bristling with ideas. Startlingly beautiful… Clever and satisfying” – RemoteGoat
“A sublime piece of storytelling that will have you hooked until the end” – No More Panic Button

Written, performed and with music composed by Jack Dean. Directed By Polly Agg-Manning. Design by Sophie Mosberger, lighting by Sam-Hollis Pack. Dramaturgy by Alex Chisholm. Performer / Technician – Josh Lucas. Produced by LittleMighty.

Supported by Unlimited; celebrating the work of disabled artists, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and Creative Scotland. Supported by CPT.

About the company

Jack Dean is a Yorkshire-based writer, performer and theatre-maker who has carried his love of weird and wonderful arrangements of words to many places, from the Bowery Poetry Club in New York, Latitude Festival and the Radio 4 National Poetry Slam to a male beauty contest in Hackney (long story). Jack likes to take the hiphop medium he grew up with, go out with it, get it drunk and push it down the high street in a shopping trolley full of fireworks at 4am. He hopes you’ll join him on this quixotic adventure.


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