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The Soul in the Machine: George Williams YMCA Founder
Fri, April 28, 2017, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM BST
"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."
The Soul in the Machine tells the inspirational story of Sir George Williams, founder of the YMCA.
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.
The Soul in the Machine was commissioned by YMCA and created by Saltmine Theatre Company, the show premiered in May 2016 and toured to the Edinburgh Fringe.
YMCA Scotland are hosting the YMCA Europe General Assembly in Edinburgh and as part of the programme we have invited The Saltmine Trust to put on a production of The Soul in the Machine, you can find out more information at http://www.saltminetrust.org.uk/content/