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.

Machinal is presented through special arrangement with the Roman Catholic Church Diocese of Tucson.

Performed by BA (Hons) Acting, working alongside students from the BA (Hons) Theatre Practice.

Cast & Crew


Accent Coach
Assistant Costume Supervisor
Assistant Director
Assistant Production Manager
Assistant Production Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Associate Lighting Designer
Costume Designer
Costume Supervisor
Deputy Chief Electrician
Lighting Designer
Lighting Programmer
Movement Coach
Production Manager
Production Sound Engineer
Props Buyer
Set Designer
Sound Designer
Stage Manager
Voice Coach


If you have a photograph or picture that illustrates this production, please sign in to upload it, or add it to Flickr and tag it with .


If you have an interesting observation or anecdote about this production that you think others may be interested in, please sign in in order to record it here.