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Passionate Machine (451 City)

02 December, 2019

Spoken Word at City - Presented by Apples and Snakes. Live Lit, Spoken Word, Performance Poetry.

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  • hearing enhancement
  • assistance dogs

Apples and Snakes 451 City present

Passionate Machine

Mon 2 Dec 7.45pm at NST City Studio

By Rosy Carrick
Directed by Katie Bonna.

Bringing the best local, national and international spoken word artists to Southampton; from stand-up poets to live literature to spoken word theatre.

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Everyone writes instructions to their future selves – but what happens when the future starts writing back?

Dr Rosy Carrick has to build a time machine because her future self is stuck in the past after a failed mission to save Russian revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovsky. She summons the help of science’s greatest minds – Einstein, Hawking, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rocky Balboa – in order to rewrite history and save herself…

This complex and emotional performance explores the realities of self-determination and time travel –  taking in quantum physics, David Bowie, motherhood, #metoo and some most heinous hangovers.

Rosy Carrick is a poet, playwright, translator and performer. She has a PhD on the poetry of Vladimir Mayakovsky and has published two books of his work in translation. Her debut poetry collection, Chokey, was published by Burning Eye Books in 2018. Passionate Machine is her first play.


‘Surprising, audacious, original. Superb’  



‘A truly fascinating and empowering piece ’  

Broadway World


‘Elegant, delightful, heartbreakingly beautiful’  

Total Theatre


Price: £5 / £3 open mic

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