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.”
“It’s an epic cinematic story told with energy and exuberance.”
“Kind of like if Bertolt Brecht made a Pixar movie.”
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