The Story Machine: Under Surveillance

Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 May
St Mary's Works (Old Shoe Factory)
7 - 9.30pm

When all are under surveillance, who watches whom? And when all are watching, what does it mean to have someone see us as we truly are?

Following its sell-out debut in 2016, The Story Machine returns with Under Surveillance, a new selection of world-renowned writers and a brand new building to explore. Powered by literature and oiled by theatre, this immersive experience lets you step into the shoes of characters like never before. You’ll travel behind the North Korean iron curtain, to the wild frontiers of every-man-for-himself America, and to the early years of the printing press.

Featuring readings, performances and installations, including brand-new work by Haruki Murakami and stories from prize-winners Ben Okri, Tessa Hadley, KJ Orr, Thomas Morris and more. This is sure to be the literature event of 2017. 

Suitable for 14+ years.

‘Joyous in tone, international in scope and direct in its confrontation with serious issues, The Story Machine…was beautifully done. Other festival producers should take note.’ – Times Literary Supplement

‘Clever, multifarious – what a way to spend an afternoon!’ Tanya Andrews, Small Wonder Festival

Enter The Story Machine giveaway

We’ve teamed up with the kind folks at Serpent’s Tail to give away five free copies of The Accusation – a short story collection smuggled out of North Korea, written by an anonymous dissident known only as Bandi.

Find out more here.

Read more about The Story Machine

'Under Surveillance - The Story Machine turns the camera on to the audience for an evening of immersive, voyeuristic storytelling'

'The Quiet - Isolated in a remote Australian settlement, young wife Susan finds herself the keeper of an unspeakable secret'

'The Story Machine: In Conversation - How observation, surveillance and protest became dominant themes for the City of Literature programme'

Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2016 VLOG - The Story Machine from Norfolk & Norwich Festival on Vimeo.