The Time Machine - A Virtual Reality

London theatre news: Wednesday 27 May 2020

Online - Science fiction

With its run at the London Library cut-short, Creation Theatre transfers its production to Zoom for 40 performances from 27 May to 21 June 2020.
The Time Machine - A Virtual Reality from Creation Theatre

Image courtesy Creation Theatre

Written back in October 2019, The Time Machine was performed as a site-specific, five-week production at The London Library to celebrate the 125th anniversary of HG Well's iconic sci-fi novel.

The show incorporated predictions of the future from Oxford University's Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, but the play's run was cut short as the prophesies in it unfolded almost before the audience's eyes.

However, Creation Theatre are now giving you the opportunity to experience a LIVE virtual reality version.

Radically re-imagined for the digital sphere The Time Machine - A Virtual Reality will take audiences on a virtual psychedelic journey through the wormhole, somersaulting timelines where thousands of parallel universes will challenge everything they thought they knew.

This intimate experience is set to have limited audience capacity for each show and will run for four weeks from 27 May to 21 June with a total of 40 performances.

The production is adapted by award-winning playwright Jonathan Holloway (BBC Audio Drama Awards, Edinburgh Fringe First Awards, Prix Italia) and directed by Natasha Rickman (Artistic Associate Jermyn Street, Director Twelfth Night Rose Bankside, Assistant Director for the RSC and The Globe).

Ms Rickman commented ...

"Now our time travellers can take our audience anywhere in time and space in the blink of an eye.

Our production deals with multiple universes - and in this new version each audience member will have their own journey through the show - including an invitation to choose their own ending.

Characters will be playing out scenes at exactly the same time but in different digital rooms, with different actors and varying designs - and which path the audience sees will depend on which universes they find themselves thrown into.

That is, if they make it through the show without turning into a squirrel or an astronaut."

About the company

Creation Theatre Company is Oxfordshire's largest producing theatre company.

Specialising in classic texts and unusual locations, Creation brings to life the stories you know even if you've never read them.

Creation has been producing in Oxford for 20 years, delighting audiences in venues from parks to bookshops to car-manufacturing plants.

Previous notable productions include A Midsummer Night's Dream (Omnibus Theatre 2017) The Pit And The Pendulum (Bodleian Library 2018), Dracula (The London Library 2019), Don Quixote (The Covered Market, Oxford 2019) The Tempest (2019) The Snow Queen (North Wall Arts Centre 2019). Creation's education programme reaches 2,000 children every year through live performances, weekly Drama Clubs, Holiday Workshops and courses in schools.

Creative Team

Natasha Rickman - Director

Jonathan Holloway - Writer

Ryan Dawson Laight - Set and Costume Designer

Ashley Bale - Lighting Designer

Matt Eaton - Sound Designer

Stuart Read - Video Designer


Leda Douglas - Time Traveller  

Clare Humphrey - Time Traveller

Rhodri Lewis - Time Traveller 

Funlola Ulufunwa - Time Traveller/The Book

Paul (PK) Taylor - Time Traveller  

Sarah Edwardson - DRSI

Graeme Rose - Computer


40 performances from 27 May to 21 June 2020

Wednesday to Sunday performances at 7pm & 9pm.

Sunday performances 6pm & 8pm.


£20 per device.

Box office tel: 01865 766 266


Creation Theatre website

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