the soul in the machine: george williams - ymca founder “We are more than bodies to be fed to a machine. We are made for more than work. We have souls, we have spirits and somewhere in this dead city there must be a place for those things.” London, 1844 - Centre of Empire, crucible of the New Jerusalem. Her gutters run with effluent and blood and her skies are choked with the smoke of a hundred factories and foundries, but above the smoke, the stars still shine. George Williams is a country boy who comes to the city to find his place in the world and to make his mark. Appalled by the spirit-crushing rhythms of the Worker’s life he fights to spread the light of God, and create a place where the soul can be nurtured. Commissioned by YMCA, Created by Saltmine Trust The Soul in the Machine is a play for anyone who works for a living.

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DateTimesVenueBox Office NumbersPrices
Friday 28th April 7.30pm Palmerston Place Church, Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AE Visit: eventbrite No ticket fee, retiring collection
Saturday 29th April 6.30pm YMCA Northumberland, North View, Ashington, NE63 9XQ Call: 01670 857167 £5
Wednesday 10th May 8pm St Martin in the Bull Ring, Edgbaston Street, Birmingham, B5 5BB eventbrite £6 / Concessions £3
Friday 12th May 7.30pm The Albany Theatre, 53 Butts Road, Coventry, CV1 3BH Call: 02476 998964
Visit: Albany Theatre
Adult: £7, Child (12-16) £3, Seniors: £5,
Unemployed: £3, Family ticket: £11- £17.
1 free adult ticket with 6 paid tickets
Wednesday 17th May 7.30pm Terry O’Toole Theatre, Lincoln Call: 01522 508363
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Free admission (reservation necessary)
Wednesday 20th May N/A Goldmine Centre, Walsall Invited audience only N/A
Saturday 10th June 7.30pm St Stephen’s Church, Rampant Horse Lane, Norwich, NR2 1QP Call: 01603 617697. Tickets can be bought at church café (cash only) Adult standard: £12.50, Concession: £9
Thursday 15th June 7.30pm Our Lady and St Nicholas Church, Liverpool, L2 8TZ Call: 0151 600 3530
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Admission free, reservation necessary