Review | Passionate Machine at Norfolk and Norwich Festival

If you thought time travel was the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters, Rosy Carrick’s Passionate Machine will make you think again. On Friday evening, as part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Carrick took the audience at Norwich Arts Centre on an adventure through space and time. Using multi-media storytelling and physics, she set out to prove that was she was a time traveller, stuck in the past after embarking upon a mission to save Russian poet Mayakovsky. Rather surprisingly, this complex tale took a heart-warming twist, proving that we are all time travellers.

Passionate Machine at Norfolk and Norwich Festival

The premise was simple and on paper utterly unbelievable. However, it was the sheer number of storylines which took the tale into the realms of possibility. Carrick rather convincingly weaved together multiple storylines, blending the fiction with fact, spinning a tale that spanned hundreds of years. She drew you in one tale at a time, leaving you no time to question anything. Nor would you want to though. She was so likeable and felt like your best mate whose hair-brained ideas you’d never question. 

Part of the beauty of Passionate Machine was Carrick’s relate-ability throughout the whole performance. She told us tales of writing letters to her future self as a child. Recounted adventures with friends and delved into her obsession with Bowie and Mayakovsky. These familiar and relatable stories made the entire premise seem believable. 

Just in case the stories weren’t enough to make you believe her. Carrick presented the audience with a number of particle physics theories, which were surprisingly easy to understand. An impressive feat considering the speed at which we chopped and changed between fact and fiction. To be fair, these could have been complete and utter rubbish but Carrick’s authenticity, relate-ability, and confident delivery made me believe them.  In fact, towards the end of the performance, I found myself starting to believe that she was a time traveller. However, like any good movie or TV show, there was a huge twist that the end.

On paper, Passionate Machine was just an epic time travel adventure, but in reality, it was way more than that. It turned into a thought-provoking, heartwarming tale about courage and becoming your own hero. To some extent, we are all indeed time travellers. Not in the Dr. Who or Back to the Future sense though. Our past selves simply have the knowledge and ability to shape, save or rescue our future selves. Every once in a while it’s nice to be reminded of that. So thank you, Dr. Rosy Carrick.


Passionate Machine will be performed across the UK this summer, dates include Brighton Fringe and Latitude festival,  find out more here

All of my reviews of the Norfolk and Norwich festival can be found here.

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I was given a ticket to this performance for the purpose of review. As always my opinion remains honest and unbiased.

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