Grandad And The Machine


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 a live original score. There will be Zeppelins. It will be whimsical. We will overcome tyranny while having a rollicking good time.

Written, performed and with music by Jack Dean

The ultimate steampunk fairytale... A sublime piece of storytelling that will have you hooked until the end.”
North East Theatre Guide

Peppered with wit and bristling with ideas... The lyrical, understated ending had a depth that brought tears to my eyes.
★★★★ Remotegoat

It’s an epic cinematic story told with energy and exuberance.
Audience Member

Kind of like if Bertolt Brecht made a Pixar movie.
Jack Dean

Directed by Polly Agg-Manning

Dramaturgy by Alex Chisholm

Design by Sophie Mosberger

Lighting Design by Sam-Hollis Pack

Technician & Musician - Josh Lucas

Produced by LittleMighty

Supported by Apples and Snakes, Arts Council England and West Yorkshire Playhouse

An Unlimited Commission

Age 14+