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Machinal by Sophie Treadwell

Thursday 5 and Friday 6 July, 7.30pm
Coade Hall

‘Your skin oughtn’t to curl – ought it – when he just comes near you – ought it? That's wrong, ain’t it? You don't get over that, do you – ever, do you or do you?’ Inspired by the infamous 1927 murder trial of Ruth Snyder, Machinal is Sophie Treadwell’s expressionist masterpiece which addresses the danger that can come from a life un-lived. For one young woman in the industrial, male-dominated golden age of the 1920s, life is stifling and nothing but oppressive. Restless and unfulfilled in a passionless marriage and an unwanted motherhood, she finds her only peace and escape in the form of an illicit love affair. But when her routine and suffocating existence resumes, she revolts…

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