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The Forever Machine by The Wardrobe Ensemble

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Tue 30 May – Sat 3 Jun, 2:00pm

Venue: Downstairs

Past the clock tower, on top of the hill
Lies a machine with a mysterious power 
It buzzes and clicks and whirs
It’s waiting for you…

Join The Wardrobe Ensemble for a wild lo-fi hi-five sci-fi adventure.
Leap through vortexes in time and space!
Fight dinosaurs in the past!
Dance disco in the future!​

After the success of Eloise and the Curse of the Golden Whisk, award-winning company The Wardrobe Ensemble use bold stagecraft, out of this world soundscapes and some light-up sunglasses to bring this curious tale to life.​

‘Inventive and engaging storytelling, this production is told with warmth and a huge sense of fun’
★★★★ – THE STAGE on Eloise and the Curse of the Golden Whisk

A collaboration between The Bike Shed Theatre and The Wardrobe Ensemble with Farms for City Children as part of the Exetreme Imagination Festival

Buy a Family Ticket £28 for four (2 adults & 2 children) and save £4

Recommended for ages 7+


We chatted with The Wardrobe Ensemble about The Forever Machine...

What was your inspiration for making The Forever Machine?

The charity Farms for City Children, founded by Michael Morpurgo, approached us about making a show for the Exetreme Imagination Festival in Exeter. Farms for City Children invites year 6 students to spend a week on a working farm and we were asked to join them for a couple of days. We spent the time talking to the students about their interests and the play began there...  At the same time we were also thinking a lot about sci-fi and time travel in 80s B Movies and the story of Philippa and The Forever Machine emerged.

You’ve made some family shows and some more grown up shows – why did you decide to make The Forever Machine for children?

We've seen plenty of time travel stories for adults: The Time Traveller's Wife, Groundhog Day...

But we wanted to get children excited about time travel and also ask them to think about their place in the world and how their actions affect things. We wanted to be playful and silly with the subject and we really wanted to see a girl leading the action.

What can we expect from the show? Will we feel excited, scared, happy, sad?

It's an adventure! Philippa, our protagonist, travels to all sorts of different times: Back 2 millions years to see the dinosaurs, forward in time to a world with an evil cake-obsessed despot! Expect terrifying chases, mind-bending action sequences, exciting soundscapes and some light-up sunglasses

Where would you time travel to?

Either to the Wild West or to Ancient Greece. Wild West would be exciting for the showdowns and thieving but the Ancient Greeks were great thinkers and good at building statues.


  • Tue 30 May, 2:00pm
  • Wed 31 May, 2:00pm
  • Thu 1 Jun, 2:00pm
  • Fri 2 Jun, 2:00pm
  • Sat 3 Jun, 2:00pm

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