ORLANDO by Virginia Woolf

Marvellous Machine Theatre Company present:

Virginia Woolf’s
Adapted by Sarah Ruhl

Wednesday 31 July to Sunday 4 August 2019

Theatro Technis, Camden, London

“I’m sick of this particular self. I want another”

Orlando: Poet. Lover. Adventurer. After an evening’s encounter with a traveller woman, Orlando is transformed forever.

Following the sell-out The Tiger’s Bride, Marvellous Machine Theatre Company return, using live music, comedy, drag, and movement to bring to life this high-spirited romp through history from the court of Queen Elizabeth I to 20th Century London via Constantinople and the high seas.

Throughout the run of ORLANDO, Marvellous Machine Theatre Company has been proud to fundraise for Aloysius Ssali and Say It Loud Club, who support LGBTQ+ refugees in the UK, who have fled their home countries in which they are persecuted, and often fear death, for their identities and sexualities. Until very recently, Aloysius ran SILC alone whilst also working full time as a nurse. Please support this incredible organisation by donating below.


“a masterful adaptation… a splendid piece of theatre”Daily Info

“succeeds in teasing out provocations within Woolf’s story… [an] intriguing, thoughtful production.” – Newbury Weekly News

“a whirlwind of a performance delivered with a lot of heart.” – North West End

Audience comments

“Brilliant fun + thought-provoking”

“Witty, inspiring, moving, musically smashing”

“Words, words would not have enough impact to explain how incredible the performance was”

“I’m uplifted by the whole experience – buzzing in fact!

Director, Lou Corben on making ORLANDO: https://marvellousmachine.com/making-orlando/

  • ORLANDO by Virginia Woolf

Production shots by Katrin Padel and Stephen Poole, Rehearsal Photography by Henry Blyth

The Company

Ella AshdownOrlando
Sam BennettArchduke/duchess / Ensemble
Olivia ChappellMarmaduke / Ensemble*
Daisy HowardSasha / Ensemble
Steve WalkerQueen Elizabeth I / Ensemble
Lou CorbenProducer / Director / LX Operator / Musician
Becki ReedMusical Director / Composer / Musician
Tim HennessyMusical Assistant / Musician / Outreach Officer
Immy HowardCostume Designer / Musician
Sarah MannMusician
Laz SloaneMusician
Katrin PadelLighting Designer / LX Operator and Technician
Mikolaj Nicolas ChorbotLighting Technician
Jackie NevinArt Design
Aileen DohertySet Consultant
James WebsterRehearsal Assistant
Dot MatrixProps Assistant

*role originated by Elizabeth Dobson