This April try something different with a trio of fantastic innovative shows coming to the Belgrade Theatre’s intimate B2 auditorium.
The Machine Stops
– Tues 4 – Sat 8 Apr
EM Forster is best known for his exquisite novels, but his short story masterpiece published in 1909 is astoundingly prophetic and poignant in 2016: a chilling prediction and exploration of our increasingly complex relationship with technology.
“You talk as if a god had made the Machine,” cried the other. “I believe that you pray to it when you are unhappy. Men made it, do not forget that.”
In a dystopian world where humans have retreated far underground, Kuno alone questions their now total dependency on technology to live and communicate with each other, but in his struggle to break out can he reach the Earth’s surface before the Machine stops?
Featuring a brand new soundtrack composed by John Foxx, pioneer of electronic music and founder of Ultravox, and analogue synth specialist, Benge.
The Underground Man –
Fri 21 & Sat 22 Apr
A life of fascination, obsession and deep scientific curiosity. William John Cavendish Scott-Bentinck, the 5th Duke of Portland is an eccentric English aristocrat whose imagination and curiosity know no bounds.
This deceptively simple man struggles to come to terms with a world that is teeming with new knowledge, ill-founded opinion and gossip. Why does he hide himself away? What is his fascination with tunnels? Will he ever unearth the secrets hidden in his memory?
In a sequence of events that are often bizarre and frequently hilarious he reveals moments of surprising perception and wisdom.
The Underground Man is a delectable blend of fact and fiction in which the intriguing details of a complex life are richly explored through the vibrant imagination of a gentle soul.
The Legend of Mike Smith
– Weds 26 – Sat 29 Apr
UPRIZE presents an incredible staged performance of award-winning jazz and hip hop star Soweto Kinch’s album. With jazz improvisation, a driving hip hop score and choreography from a pioneer of British Hip Hop culture, Jonzi.
Inspired by The Seven Deadly Sins and Dante’s Inferno, Soweto performs the story of Mike Smith, a young, aspiring MC caught in a world of temptation where the boundaries of reality and fantasy collide.
The Legend of Mike Smith promises to be an absorbing combination of music, animation and dance with music from Kinch’s previous album being played live by Soweto and his band every night. Age recommendation: 15+
You can book tickets for all these shows by calling the Belgrade Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or visit www.belgrade.co.uk where tickets are even cheaper. What’s more, if you book an equal number of tickets for 2 or more of these shows at the same time you’ll save 20% off the total cost of your tickets. Ask Box Office for details.