Review: The Story Machine at the Shoe Factory Social Club, Norwich

NNF17. The Story Machine: Under Surveillance at the Shoe Factory Social Club.
Photo: supplied by Wr

NNF17. The Story Machine: Under Surveillance at the Shoe Factory Social Club. Photo: supplied by Writers' Centre Norwich. - Credit: supplied by Writers' Centre Norwich

Eleven stories scattered across the battered remains of an old factory are yours to explore in this creative and surprising event from the Writers' Centre Norwich.

NNF17. The Story Machine: Under Surveillance at the Shoe Factory Social Club.
Photo: supplied by Wr

NNF17. The Story Machine: Under Surveillance at the Shoe Factory Social Club. Photo: supplied by Writers' Centre Norwich. - Credit: supplied by Writers' Centre Norwich

Some are told with the aid of dancing, music, or a little spontaneous drama (with mild audience participation) - others are simply read aloud, or heard through headphones.

With just the opening and closing pieces shared by the whole audience, the meat of The Story Machine at the Show Factory Social Club is open to the individual to concoct, picking one of 18 journeys through the pieces.

From the initial segment's totalitarian theme to Thomas Morris' Welsh night out and Carys Davies' tale of old horrors in the New World, many cultures and themes are explored.

It's a great mental workout, and also a slightly physical one: with two and a half hours of standing, you might want to bring a camping chair.

NNF17. The Story Machine: Under Surveillance at the Shoe Factory Social Club.
Photo: supplied by Wr

NNF17. The Story Machine: Under Surveillance at the Shoe Factory Social Club. Photo: supplied by Writers' Centre Norwich. - Credit: supplied by Writers' Centre Norwich


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The Story Machine is also performed today at 7pm at the Shoe Factory Social Club in Norwich. Tickets £15. For more information and to book tickets, visit www.nnfestival.org.uk

For more Norfolk and Norwich Festival stories click here

NNF17. The Story Machine: Under Surveillance at the Shoe Factory Social Club.
Photo: supplied by Wr

NNF17. The Story Machine: Under Surveillance at the Shoe Factory Social Club. Photo: supplied by Writers' Centre Norwich. - Credit: supplied by Writers' Centre Norwich

For a full list of Norfolk and Norwich Festival events click here

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