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F**ked Up Bedtime Stories (for adults) EPISODE 2: The Machine by AJ Yi

“The story begins The Day The World Stood Still. Do you remember that day? The day time stopped”

Maggie is a magpie of a person – she loves pretty her some pretty thangs. She loves admiring pretty thangs, collecting pretty thangs… When lockdown begins, Maggie decides to buy a sewing machine, determined to surround herself with beautiful clothes, made by her very own hand. She and the machine start a perfect relationship together. But pretty soon, the machine begins consuming more than just fabric… A rollercoaster of a piece – fall down the rabbit hole with Alissa Anne Jeun Yi’s darkly comic folk tale for a new age.

Written by AJ Yi

Read by Amber James

Directed by Jennifer Bakst

Sound, Music and Editing by Max Pappenheim

CONTENT WARNING – this audio drama contains references to mental health, descriptions of blood and strong language.

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AJ Yi is a writer-performer whose work has been performed everywhere from The Yard Theatre, the Bush Theatre and at various UK festivals. In 2018 their debut show Love Songs (developed through the Soho Theatre) was shortlisted for the Tony Craze and two Edinburgh awards. AJ’s short radio play Avocado Fried Rice aired on BBC Radio 3 earlier this year. After an attachment with BBC Writersroom Drama Room 2020, AJ is developing new work for audio, film and TV; whilst continuing to work on their next drag, comedy and performance art show.

Amber James’s theatre credits include Snowflake (Kiln Theatre), Vassa (Almeida Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), A Streetcar Named Desire (ETT), Antony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus and Dido, Queen of Carthage (RSC), Two Gentlemen of Verona (Shakespeare’s Globe & International tour), Much Ado About Nothing (Queen’s Theatre) and The Gathered Leaves (Park Theatre). For television, her work includes Doc Martin and Ransom.

Creative Associate at English Touring Theatre Jennifer Bakst is a director and dramaturg. She was previously New Work Associate at Kiln Theatre. Her theatre credits as a director include Dear Future Generation (Kiln Theatre Young Company), Armstrong’s War (Finborough Theatre) and theatre work with young prisoners for the Synergy Theatre Project. Her credits as an associate director include Handbagged (Kiln Theatre/59E59 New York) and The Great Wave (National Theatre)

Max Pappenheim’s theatre includes The Night of the Iguana (West End); The Way of the World (Donmar); The Children (Royal Court/Broadway); Waiting for Godot (Sheffield Crucible); Macbeth (Chichester Festival Theatre); Dry PowderSex with StrangersLabyrinth (Hampstead); Ophelias Zimmer (Schaubühne, Berlin/Royal Court); Crooked Dances (Royal Shakespeare Company); One Night in Miami (Nottingham Playhouse); Hogarth’s Progress (Rose Theatre Kingston); The Ridiculous Darkness (Gate Theatre); The Gaul (Hull Truck); A Kettle of Fish(Yard Theatre); CommonWealth (Almeida); Creve Coeur (Print Room); Switzerland, Spamalot, The Glass Menagerie (English Theatre of Frankfurt); Mrs Lowry and Son(Trafalgar Studios); My Cousin Rachel, The Habit of Art, Monogamy, Teddy, Toast, Fabric, Invincible (National Tours). Opera includes Miranda (Opéra Comique, Paris); Scraww (Trebah Gardens); Vixen (Vaults/International Tour); Carmen: Remastered (ROH/Barbican). Radio includes Home Front (BBC Radio 4). Associate Artist of The Faction and Silent Opera.