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Peer into the machine of surveillance in this all-encompassing performance piece from Proto-type Theater.
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 the terror of a future that might already be upon us.
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 concerned citizens like you – think about what it is to speak up, speak out, blow the whistle and lift the veil.
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.
Manchester-based theatre company of multi-disciplinary artists interested in live performance and dedicated to making original theatre and media work that is diverse in scale, subject and medium. The company has performed throughout England and in the US, Korea, Zimbabwe, Armenia, Scotland, Russia, China and Mongolia. 'Keep an eye out for this adventurous group...' (Time Out NY).
See Proto-type Theatre tour dates
Royal Festival Hall
- Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road
- South Bank
- SE1 8XX