Writer: Sophie Treadwell
Director: Ian R. Walsh
Students at NUI Galway’s Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance will stage Sophie Treadwell’s little produced play, Machinal, this month at Galway’s newest arts venue.
This classic American play is inspired by true events, and follows a young woman suffocated by a restrictive, unfeeling machine-like society. Haunting and provocative, Treadwell’s expressionistic play is made immediately relevant in this new production that updates the piece to reflect our contemporary technology-saturated age.
It will showcase the talents of Drama and Theatre Studies students at NUI Galway who have produced and perform the show. Machinal is directed by Dr. Ian R. Walsh, a Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Studies at the Centre.
Speaking ahead of the production, Dr Walsh said that students were excited by the opportunity to perform in the new venue: “This will be the first full production in the new state-of-the-art O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, home to Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway,” he stated. “Our students are delighted to stage this challenging and innovative play for Galway audiences”
Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway Patrick Lonergan stated that the production of Machinal is part of the university’s commitment to staging new work. “We are staging four new productions this year with our students, two written by women and two written by men – with further details to be announced in the months ahead. Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal is a famous but rarely seen play that will showcase the best of our facilties and our students’ talents. As Galway moves towards 2020 and the capital of culture, we are delighted to play our part in contributing to the cultural richness of Galway and the wider region”.
The Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUIG is continuing their dedication to the promotion of new theatre work and work by women playwrights, following on from their successful ‘WakingtheFeministsWest’ initiative last year. Machinal continues this commitment to promoting a gender-balanced programme.
The show runs from 1-3 March at 8 p.m. with a special Saturday matinee on Saturday 4 March at 3 p.m. Tickets are available from the SocsBox at NUI Galway (091 492852), Price: €5