by Sophie Treadwell

16 - 19 November 2019 - Royal Central School of Speech and Drama


Inspired by the real-life events surrounding the murder trial and execution of Ruth Snyder in 1920s America Machinal highlights a young woman’s experience of a society in which free choice, power and agency are the privilege of the few. This young woman, an ordinary young woman, cannot find her place, cannot find peace in an industrialised world where ordinary people are compelled to submit to the repetitive machinery of life. When she finds herself caught in a loveless marriage, our ordinary young woman’s bid to be free leads to devastating consequences.

Artistic Director Suzanne Gorman worked with students to examine this powerful story of female oppression from a culturally diverse perspective.