Performance

A Machine they're Secretly Building

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.

Smartly intelligent hour-long whizz through the world of surveillance ★★★★
The Guardian
A great antidote to 2017’s tangled political and cultural landscape
Exeunt
The kind of theatre that seeps into the sub-conscious ★★★★
The List

Dates & times

9 Nov 2017 - 11 Nov 2017
Approximate run time: 60 mins

where

Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall

Pricing

£12
Booking fee: £2.50 (Members £0.00)
£12

Concessions

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need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 14+

Proto-Type Theater: A Machine they're Secretly Building