A Machine they're Secretly Building at Derby Theatre

Derby Theatre, Derby, East Midlands, United Kingdom

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 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.





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

Produced by 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.

Premieres Spring 2016 followed by a UK tour.   


United Kingdom
East Midlands
Derby Theatre, Derby, DE1 2NF
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