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God from the Machine plays Gasworks Theatre
A frustrated, talentless writer walks into a talent agent's to buy some talent. What begins as a trite sketch of misunderstandings between two men quickly descends down a metaphysical rabbit hole of characters, plot-twists, and existential crises. They cover everything from narrative structure, to gourmet cheeses, to racism, to the purpose of existence - in an hour- all while trying to act their way out of their own sketch.
A late night event full of laughter and intrigue; Mathew Arter and Tim Long deliver this quirky farce written and directed by Ben Dowthwaite as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival at Gasworks Arts Park from the 28th of September.
After its sold out debut season last year, Deus Ex Machina (or God From The Machine) brings its offbeat humour and laughter track to The Melbourne Fringe Festival. In 2014, writer/director Ben Dowthwaite teamed up with theatre-maker/actor Mathew Arter to create a new show- a show that was truly original.
They wanted something that would tell a narrative story, whilst satirizing the conventional way in which narrative storytelling is done. Something funny, but something captivating. To say 'you haven't seen a show like this' isn't to suggest that it's off the wall nudity and as fringe as fringe can be. It's a conventional play and it also isn't. It's a play about plays, and a sketch about sketches. It folds in on itself while unfolding.
It is the story of a man who wants to write, but it quickly spirals into an examination of life and purpose, mostly through procrastination.
To complete the puzzle of this new show they acquired seasoned Melbourne theatre actor Tim Long, who brings his formidable presence to the stage, playing a character so layered he defies description, except for the description that he defies description.