New play Machines for Living satirises the legacy of social housing.

Machines for Living
Machines for Living

In new play, ‘Machines for Living’, 1950s architecture meets theatre.  A quirky offbeat offering from theatre-company Let Slip, it tells the story of the rise and fall of social housing in a darkly comedic way.

Focusing on an architect couple that decides to move into a 1950s high-rise tower block, the play evokes the wonders and horrors of modern architecture through a mix of stylised movement and visuals.

The play takes the audience on a journey from the pitches and planning that created the tower-block estates to fancy architect parties and discussions on the new industry trends – such as Belgian concrete. It provokes interesting debates about design concepts and social concepts and how structures can affect moods and exacerbate problems and whether uniformity means equality.

You can see the play at Camberwell’s Blue Elephant Theatre until 16 June. It will then be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe until 30 August.

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