The Story Machine

Under Surveillance

Wednesday 17 & Thursday 18 May

Three sets of graphic eyes stare out of the image

We are all under surveillance, but what does it mean to watch and be watched?

Following its sell-out debut in 2016, The Story Machine returns with Under Surveillance, a new selection of world-renowned writers and a brand new building to explore. Powered by literature and oiled by theatre, this immersive experience
lets you step into the shoes of characters like never before. You’ll travel behind the North Korean iron curtain, to the wild frontiers of everyman-for-himself America, and to the early years of the printing press.

Featuring readings, performances and installations, including brandnew work by Haruki Murakami, a film and audio exhibition by Helen Macdonald, Sarah Wood and Olivia Laing, and stories from prize-winners Ben Okri, Tessa Hadley, KJ Orr, Thomas Morris and more.

Under Surveillance

Last year's City of Literature programme at Norfolk & Norwich Festival saw the birth of The Story Machine - an interactive and immersive experience unlike any literature event before. After two sold-out evenings and many positive reviews ('Other festival producers should take note' - Times Literary Supplement ), this unique part-literature-part-theatre experience returns with a new location, nine new stories and a new theme - 'under surveillance'.

Recommended for ages 14+

Event runs: c. 2 hrs 30 mins

Visit Haruki Murakami's website here

Visit Helen Macdonald's Penguin page here

Visit Olivia Laing's website here

Visit Ben Okri's Guardian page here

Visit Tessa Hadley's Guardian page here

Visit KJ Orr's website here

Visit Thomas Morris' website here

City of Literature is presented in association with

Writers’ Centre Norwich
Writers’ Centre Norwich

UNESCO City of Literature
UNESCO City of Literature

Co-commissioned and co-produced by Norfolk & Norwich Festival and Writers' Centre Norwich