The Opposites Machine

by Brian Way


Age Advice: Grades 3 - 4

The Opposites Machine was first produced by Theatre Centre in 1967. As the first in a trilogy on the theme of a “key”, it was written and directed by the author for presentation to children in schools and was toured throughout the British Isles for a year.

Maria works as a cleaner for a magician, but there are strict rules about when his magic can be used. He doesn’t want it to run out. With the help of the audience, Maria gets her dusting done, but then the magician’s neighbour arrives – a professor and his assistant. The professor is excited about his latest invention, but the magician has some concerns. Might he have to use some of his precious magic to sort things out?


(Two men and two women)


Creative Team

Writer: Brian Way
Director: Brian Way

The information on this page has been gathered from archive materials and is incomplete. Do you have more information about this play, or were you involved in its production? Let us know by leaving a comment below or contacting us.

A copy of the script is held by the British Library.

"He is a magician. A magician. And a very wise man. Some people think he is very mean, just because he will not use his magic very often."


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