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Celebrate Norfolk Charity No 1141245

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Saltmine Theatre returns to Norwich in June 

Saltmine Theatre Company returns to Norwich with The Soul in the Machine on Saturday June 10 as part of the Celebrate Norwich & Norfolk festival.

The Soul in the Machine is inspired by the story of YMCA founder George Williams and will be performed at St Stephen's Church, Chapelfield, Norwich (NR2 1QP), from 7.30pm.

George Williams is a country boy who comes to the city of London in 1844 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. 
 
George, who went on to found the YMCA, said: “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.”
 
Commissioned by YMCA, created by Saltmine Trust, The Soul in the Machine is a production featuring Norfolk-born Freddy Goymer and Joanne McGarva.  Suitable for age 12 and over, the production should last about two hours including interval.
 
YMCA Norfolk CEO, Tim Sweeting, said: "I am delighted that Saltmine are returning to Norfolk to tell the story of how YMCA started over 170 years ago. The issues faced back then have remarkable parallels with life today and the light that YMCA shone into these dark situations is also similar to the great work the charity currently does around our county."

Thanks to the generosity of a local benefactor, a number of YMCA staff and clients will be able to attend the production.
 
Tickets: adult standard £12.50 and concessions £9. They are available on 01603 617697 or at the café in St Stephen’s Church (cash only).

The Soul In The Machine: George Williams, founder of the YMCA from Saltmine Trust on Vimeo.

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