Lunchtime Lectures: Did E.M. Forster’s The Machine Stops predict Lockdown?

With the University of Chester Running from
Last event: Tuesday 21 July 2020 at 12pm
  • Free

Members get 10% off tickets at Storyhouse. Moonlight Flicks and Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre. £4 month, no commitment, priority booking, no fees, instant access, two tickets per member.

  • Online

EM Forster’s novella, The Machine Stops, was published in 1909, and written even earlier. Yet it includes some of the most arresting images of a society in complete isolation and lockdown. It would be foolish to say that Forster prophesied the effects of the global pandemic we are currently living through, but what can we learn from what he suggests about human interaction, togetherness, and a society that deals only in imitation? Dr. Richard Leahy, lecturer in English Literature at the University of Chester, explores these ideas and more to discover what we can learn by looking at the anxieties of Forster’s time of writing, and the value of comparing them to our own fears now.

Lunchtime Lectures is a collaboration between Storyhouse and the University of Chester, providing an open platform for debate on a range of topics and fascinating subjects.

They take place on the third Tuesday of each month.

This lecture will be taking place on Zoom, click here for the link.
Password: 6wkqiK

Duration

Approx 60 mins

Cinema Strange World (PG)

1 hr 42 | Strange World tells the story of a family of explores whose differences threaten to topple their latest and most important mission.

Book now
On Stage RAWD Presents SUPER!
Garret Theatre

Filled with physicality, music and innovative storytelling this vibrant ensemble show is a journey of self discovery where disabled perspectives take centre stage through the electric lens of superheroes.

Book now
On Stage Dark Horse Theatre presents #Unit21
Storyhouse Theatre

A bold and entertaining show, with an ensemble of 9 exceptional actors with learning disabilities and the voices of award-winning comedians Iain Stirling and Amy Webber.

Book now
Cinema Lady Chatterley’s Lover (15)

2 hr 6 | Following her disastrous marriage to Sir Clifford Chatterley, Lady Constance embarks on a passionate relationship with the handsome gamekeeper

Book now
On Stage TONY! [The Tony Blair Rock Opera]
Storyhouse Theatre

A reckless reappraisal of the life of former Ugly Rumours front man and Britain’s first pop Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Book now
On Stage An Evening and a Little Bit of a Morning with Mark Steel
Storyhouse Theatre

Newspaper columnist of the year and Have I Got News For You regular, Mark Steel, brings his stand up show to Storyhouse.

Book now
On Stage An Audience With Manchester Legends
Storyhouse Theatre

The ultimate evening of Manchester United legends with Bryan Robson and Brian McClair LIVE on stage together hosted by Jed Stone.

Book now
On Stage Sarah Millican: Late Bloomer
Storyhouse Theatre

Sarah Millican returns to Storyhouse with her brand-new stand-up show Late Bloomer. Come along, laugh at her, with her, beside her.

Book now
On Stage Avant Garde Dance: Illegal Dance
Storyhouse Theatre

Tony Adigun’s Illegal Dance is a unique multi-sensory dance theatre experience in which every audience member must decide where they stand, pick a token, rebel or conform!

Book now
Activities Christmas Bauble Workshop
Wed 11am
The Kitchen

Come along to our festive bauble making workshop and stitch yourself, or a loved one, a felt bauble with some hidden sweets inside.

Book now