Stef Smith premieres Girl in the Machine at Traverse
- Gareth K Vile
- 28 March 2017
Show considers how technological advances might impact on the quest for human happiness
Having been presented in progress as part of last year's Traverse's Fringe lineup, the premiere of Girl in the Machine has Stef Smith returning to the venue after her recent success at The Royal Court. Exploring the human quest for happiness, it considers how technological advances might impact on this perpetual endeavour.
'When I first started writing Girl in the Machine, I was much more interested in it being a metaphor than a prediction,' says the Olivier Award-winning playwright. 'But in the past 12 months that I've been working on the play, the world has fundamentally changed or, at very least, the problems we face in creating a peaceful future are more explicit. So, it felt necessary to comment on what the future might hold as much as it being a metaphor for now.'
Although she is 'loathe to give too much away', Smith says that she 'looks at addiction, connection, faith and how we deal with a world that increasingly feels relentless in its accumulative crises.' Combining a science-fiction context with a resonant story of love, Girl in the Machine is a reminder of Smith's ability to reconcile sophisticated theatricality and emotive storytelling.
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Wed 5–Sat 22 Apr.