• The Turk by Michael Sabbaton

Event Details

Thu 21 Mar

Time: 7.45pm

Running Time: 2 hours 5 minutes (including interval)

Venue: Studio

Ticket Information: £10

Warning: Contains some strong language

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Actor, Writer and Producer: Michael Sabbaton

Directed by: Sylvia Vickers

The Turk by Michael Sabbaton

1838. A cabin aboard The Otis. Night.

Surrounded by well-travelled packing crates and empty wine bottles, a drunken and dying Johann Nepomuk Maelzel revisits scenes from his life, losses and adventures with the amazing, chess playing automaton known as, The Turk.

Fuelled with alcohol and yellow fevered madness, Maelzel and The Turk explore the sacrifice of the showman, the promise of the engineer and the passion of the dreamer. Against a philosophical backdrop of life, love, cognition and existence themes are explored through dialogue, humour, music and song.

The Turk represented so much more than 'a mere bagatelle' and has influenced the great and the good in our ever growing relationship between man, machine reality and intelligence.

"Fascinating." ★★★★ North West End

"A beautifully well-constructed spectacle." ★★★★ The GM Reviewer

 “An original, intelligent production, superbly acted and crafted with the greatest care and attention to detail... a captivating, powerhouse of a performance...truly an extraordinary piece of work...” ★★★★ The Reviews Hub

Audience Comments on The Turk:

"A marvellous show full of interest, intrigue and fantastical joy. One of the best things I have seen in years..."

"Enthralling performance and fascinating story of man and machine – highly recommend..!"

"A masterful performance by a masterful actor. Atmospheric, gripping and incredibly detailed..."

For more details, visit www.michaelsabbaton.com