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SCRIPT SOCIAL: Machinal by Sophie Treadwell



May 08, 2024


7.00 - 9.00pm


The Bush Theatre, 7 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 8LJ

Join our next Script Social, in association with Nick Hern Books, as we peel back the layers of Sophie Treadwell’s play, Machinal. Currently being performed at The Old Vic, Machinal is ‘a cautionary tale of past and present’ - The Times. Here is an exclusive opportunity to dissect, discuss and delve into the heart of this expressionist theatre script, with friends old and new. This is a limited space event, so reserve your FREE spot now!

Based on the true crime story of Ruth Snyder in 1928 that shook a nation, Sophie Treadwell’s seminal Machinal is a pulse-pounding journey of someone pushed to breaking point by the relentless machinery of life, expectation and convention.

Get a taster of the script here.

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Get Script Social ready in three easy steps:

  1. Book your FREE place below. This is a LIMITED SPACE event, book now to avoid disappointment.

  2. Grab your copy directly from the Nick Hern Books team at our next Masterclass with Lynette Linton on Friday 19 April, for just £5.50 (saving on delivery and waiting for the post) OR Pre-order your copy of Machinal using the (50% off) discount code SCRIPTSOCIALS on the NHB website.

  3. Read the play and join us on Wednesday 8 May at the Bush Theatre to chit-chat and network the night away.

WAITING LIST: This event is now fully booked, to add yourself to the waiting list please complete this short form. We will email you if a place becomes available.


A powerful expressionist drama from the 1920s about the dependent status of women in an increasingly mechanised society, based on the true story of Ruth Snyder.

Sophie Treadwell was a campaigning journalist in America between the wars. Among her assignments was the sensational murder involving Snyder, who with her lover, Judd Gray, had murdered her husband and gone to the electric chair.

'This is a play written in anger. In the dead wasteland of male society – it seems to ask – isn't it necessary for certain women, at least, to resort to murder?' - Nicholas Wright

Sophie Treadwell's play Machinal was first seen on Broadway in 1928, in London in 1930, and was later revived in the 1990s.

This edition of Machinal includes an introduction by Judith E. Barlow.

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