‘Charman is no ordinary playwright, as his immensely compelling firecracker script revealed. And Josie Rourke, who masterminded the production, is no ordinary director, as was shown by her skilful pacing of the action, by turns fast and furious, and then dramatically breaking into moments of unexpected poignancy.’
Given a stadium-style setting, Garry Kasparov’s battle against super computer Deep Blue — man vs machine — was thrown into relief by the human dramas unfolding around it. The emotional and dramatic possibilities of chess were unearthed and brought to vital, electric life in this whip-smart and carefully choreographed play, written by Matt Charman and directed by Josie Rourke.
Campfield Market Hall, a vast cavernous space originally a flower market, was the venue.
Commissioned by Manchester International Festival, Donmar Warehouse and Park Avenue Armory.
Since MIF13 The Machine has been seen by audiences in New York.