Machine Dream

Hello Machines! Hello Smog! Can’t live without you, can’t live with you. So what do we do?

Whoosh bang clank, there’s nothing we can’t do,
We can make your lives more comfortable for you
We’re speedy, quick we never stop all day

Burdened with huge amounts of tedious work, the humans build machines to ease their load. The machines are glorious! There’s nothing they can’t do! But the humans soon discover that perhaps the machines are too good to be true after all, because they create an ugly, menacing smog! Despite their brain wracking, and wacky solutions, the humans cannot think of a way to get rid of the smog without shutting down the machines. Perhaps you can help?

24 May 2022

The Queen's Hall, Edinburgh, in Partnership with Edinburgh International Festival

8 April 2022 – 14:30

The Venue, Leicester, in partnership with Leicestershire Music Hub

4 July 2019

Wicksteed Park, Kettering, in Partnership with Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub

3 July 2019

Playhouse Whitley Bay, in partnership with North Tyneside Music Education Hub


1 July 2019

Nottingham Playhouse, in partnership with Nottingham Playhouse

29 June 2019

Southwold Arts Centre, Suffolk, in partnership with Southwold Arts Festival

28 June 2019

Nevil Holt Opera, Market Harborough, in partnership with David Ross Education Trust

12 July 2018

Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven, in partnership with Rosehill Theatre

18 June 2018

Nevil Holt Opera, in Partnership with Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub

28 March 2018

Saffron Hall, Essex, in partnership with Essex Music Education Hub

27 March 2018

St Anne’s, Limehouse, in partnership with Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service

26 March 2018

Beechwood High School, Slough, in partnership with Slough Music Service

22 March 2018

Bridlington Spa, in partnership with David Ross Education Trust

22 March 2018

Robert Smyth Academy, Leicester, in partnership with Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub


Commissioned by Mahogany Opera Group and Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub as part of Mahogany Opera’s Snappy Operas programme.


Arts Council England, The Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust, The Bernarr Rainbow Trust, Foyle Foundation, The Kobler Trust, Lucille Graham Trust, Peermusic UK, PRS Foundation (Talent Development Fund), and those who wish to remain anonymous

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