Arts Preview: A Machine They’re Secretly Building

Proto-type theatre bring their new work, A Machine They’re Secretly Building, to Glasgow’s Tron Theatre next week as part of their UK tour.

Written by Andrew Westerside and Proto-type theatre, the play draws from the theatre company’s tradition of multi-media performance.

From the darkness of what appears to be an underground bunker, two characters chart the secrets and world changing incidents of the last century considering how the act of surveillance has transformed. Spanning from the international relations of The First World War through 9/11, Edward Snowden and the election of Donald Trump, 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.”

This collaboration with digital artist Adam York Gregory and music and sound design from Paul J. Rodgers combines original material with classified intelligence documents.

The one-hour production has already created buzz during its small tour in 2016. This is the first time the production will come to Scotland.

Having recently been selected as part of the British Council Showcase 2017 for this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this is an opportunity to see the performance before the thousands of festival goers in August.

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A Machine They’re Secretly Building will perform at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre on April 13 – 15  tickets from £7.50 (concession) and £10 (adult).

Suitable for ages 14+

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(Feature photo and video content credit to Proto-type Theatre, video edited by Tara Fitzpatrick)

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