A Machine they're Secretly Building 2017 Tour


Various locations, United Kingdom

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 19:00

I want you to know what’s happening…

From what might be a news desk, an office, a bedroom, a bunker under a mountain or a theatre, two people – reporters, senators, freedom fighters, or just… well… concerned citizens like you – think about what it is to speak up, speak out, blow the whistle and lift the veil.

A MACHINE THEY’RE SECRETLY BUILDING charts a course from the Top Secret secrets of WWI intelligence (via the moon, 1972’s Chess World Championships, a disco in Oklahoma and the cafeteria at CERN) through to 9/11, the erosion of privacy, Edward Snowden and to the terror of a future that might already be upon us.

Proto-type have combined original text and classified intelligence documents with film from digital artist Adam York Gregory, and music and sound design by Paul J. Rogers, to vent their frustration at the insidious machine of surveillance.

A MACHINE THEY’RE SECRETLY BUILDING is about how we got to the point where our governments are spying on us and how that’s changing who we are.


2017 Dates

CREWE | AXIS ARTS CENTRE | TUE 28 FEB | 7.30pm | axisartscentre.org.uk

SALFORD | THE LOWRY | WED 1 MAR | 8pm | thelowry.com Part of WTF Wednesday in association with Word of Warning

BIRMINGHAM | mac | THUR 2 & FRI 3 MAR | 8.30pm | macbirmingham.co.uk

GLASGOW | TRON THEATRE | THUR 13 – SAT 15 APR | 8pm | tron.co.uk | Scottish Premiere

NEWCASTLE | NORTHERN STAGE | TUE 25 & WED 26 APR | 7.45pm | northernstage.co.uk/

LIVERPOOL | UNITY THEATRE | TUE 9 MAY | unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk

ST ALBANS | TRESTLE ARTS BASE | SAT 27 MAY | trestle.org.uk

NORWICH | NORWICH ARTS CENTRE | WED 7 JUN | norwichartscentre.co.uk/


FARNHAM | FARNHAM MALTINGS | TUE 3 OCT | farnhammaltings.com


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Written and directed by Andrew Westerside

Devised and performed by Rachel Baynton and Gillian Lees

Digital design and artwork by Adam York Gregory

Original music and sound design by Paul J. Rogers

Stage Manager Thomas Marcinek

Producer Gillian Lees | Consultant Producer Matt Burman

A Machine They’re Secretly Building was Commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (Lincoln), Warwick Arts Centre (Warwick) and hÅb (Manchester. Supported by Tramway, Glasgow, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, the Britten-Pears Foundation and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Touring throughout 2017   

United Kingdom

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