The Winston Machine

18 January - 19 February


Keep calm. Carry on. Blitz it out. Dig for history. Death to the beaches.

At the height of the Blitz, Charlotte is in a passionate affair with a Spitfire pilot, fighting fascism in red lipstick and living each day like her last.

Eighty years later, her granddaughter Becky is stuck in her hometown, cooking dinners for her dad and singing old songs at other people's weddings, dreaming of a better time.

The 1940s are more real to Becky than her life, but when a friend moves back to town, she's forced to face the present. What happens when there’s no war left to fight?

An epic, intimate family saga, The Winston Machine is an unmissable new state-of-the-nation show from internationally-renowned Kandinsky (Dinomania, Trap Street, Still Ill), recently hailed by The New York Times for their deeply intelligent, emotionally arresting and beautifully realised theatre.

Commissioned by New Diorama Theatre.

Quotes & Reviews

'No-one else makes theatre quite like this.'
★★★★★ Time Out on Dinomania

'Mesmerising... Not only the highlight of the festival but one of the most ingenious pieces of new theatre I have seen.' 
The New York Times on Trap Street

The Company

About Kandinsky 

Led by James Yeatman & Lauren Mooney, Kandinsky is a multi award-winning theatre company with an international reputation for outstanding collaborative theatre. An NDT Associate Company, previous productions at New Diorama include Dinomania, Trap Street, Still Ill and Dog Show.

The company has toured internationally, recently including an acclaimed run at Berlin's renowned Schaubühne Theatre and a commission from Vienna's Schauspielhaus. Shows have won the Sunday Times Playwriting Award, Peter Brook Festival Award and OffWestEnd Best Ensemble. / @kandinskyonline

Creative Team

Director James Yeatman
Dramaturg Lauren Mooney
Designers Joshua Gadsby & Naomi Kuyck-Cohen
Composer Zac Gvirtzman

Cast to be announced.

🍕 Free Pizza at Every Performance 🍕

Between January - June 2022, New Diorama are offering free slices of pizza to every audience member post-show - in partnership with Domino's Camden.

Yes, really.

All pizzas will be veggie, with vegan and GF options available. Ask at box office if you have any special requirements or allergies.

Find out more here.

Cast & Creatives



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