Oxford University Dramatic Society


Sophie Treadwell

Directed by: Giacomo Sain

Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal was first performed on Broadway in 1928, and is the highpoint of Expressionism: a whirlwind tale of love, gender imbalance and murder. Helen, headstrong but oppressed, is pressured to marry a man she does not love, is ultimately pushed to the edge and faces devastating consequences. Immersed in the world of speakeasies, Harlem, jazz and social revolution, Machinal poses questions that have yet to be fully answered. ‘Fit for a King’ (BroadwayBaby.com for The Little Prince, 2011). ‘What OUDS have achieved is remarkable’ (Oxford Times for Master and Margarita, 2010).


Performance Time: 2.45pm and 7.45pm

Location: Arcola Tent

Tickets: In advance: £12 (£10 conc); On the door: £15