Michael Sabbaton : The Turk
A compelling dark drama with humour, music and song.
1838. A cabin aboard The Otis. Night.
Surrounded by well-travelled packing crates and empty wine bottles, a drunken and dying Johann Nepomuk Maelzel revisits scenes from his life, losses and adventures with the amazing, chess playing automaton known as The Turk.
Fuelled with alcohol and yellow fevered madness, Maelzel and The Turk explore the sacrifice of the showman, the promise of the engineer and the passion of the dreamer. Against a philosophical backdrop of life, love, cognition and existence, themes which are explored through dialogue, humour, music and song.
‘Fantastically unique…‘ ★★★★ North West End
‘A fascinating piece of theatre that brings an ancient, true story to life in a wonderful way…‘ ★★★★ The Greater Manchester Reviewer
‘Sabbaton has the audience hanging on every word’ What’s On Live
‘Movingly poetic and quietly terrifying…A chilling, mesmerising adaptation’ Three Weeks
‘A marvellous show full of interest intrigue and fantastical joy. One of the best things I have seen in years…’ Audience Member
‘Enthralling performance and fascinating story of man and machine – highly recommend..!’Audience Member
Supported by The Arts Council of England and Co-Produced with Harrogate Theatre
THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN OUR INTIMATE SPACE – KOMEDIA STUDIO BAR
UNRESERVED CABARET SEATING
Contains some strong language