The Winston Machine

The unmissable new show from internationally-renowned Kandinsky


7.30pm, Thursday 2 and Friday 3 March 2023


Studio 1, Dartington Trust, South Devon


£12. Members discount applies automatically at checkout

About this event

The Winston Machine is the unmissable new show from internationally-renowned Kandinsky Theatre Company (★★★★★ ‘No one else makes theatre quite like this’ Time Out).

At the height of the Blitz, Charlotte’s in a passionate affair with a Spitfire pilot, fighting fascism in red lipstick and living each day like her last.

Eighty years later, Charlotte’s granddaughter Becky is stuck in her hometown, singing old songs at other people’s weddings and dreaming of a better time.

The 1940s are more real to Becky than her life – but when an old friend moves back to town, she’s forced to face the present. What happens when there’s no war left to fight?

About The Company:

Led by James Yeatman and Lauren Mooney, the multi-award-winning Kandinsky is a ‘seriously talented company’ (Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor), internationally renowned for its exciting, entertaining, endlessly inventive devised work.
The company has toured internationally, including an acclaimed run at Berlin’s renowned Schaubühne Theatre and a commission from Vienna’s Schauspielhaus. Shows have won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, Peter Brook Festival Award and OffWestEnd Best Ensemble.
Director James Yeatman is an Associate Director of Complicité.

Reviews for this show:
★★★★ “a typically probing and playful work from Kandinsky…shot through with music and mischief” Guardian. Read the full review here

★★★★ “intriguing, fascinating” Whatsonstage

★★★★ “a slick, insightful and often very funny exploration of the distorting power of unexamined nostalgia” The Stage

★★★★★ “Unmissable! Exceptional & innovative” Everything Theatre

Age guidance / content:
The show contains haze effect, strong language, and some sophisticated themes.
The age recommendation is 14+ with parental guidance.
The show’s themes include warfare and PTSD; adverse childhood, relationship and family experiences; experiences of racism; and mental health issues.

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Thursday 2nd March

Friday 3rd March

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