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Spies, lies and A Machine they’re Secretly Building at Trestle Arts Base as part of the 15Festival

A MACHINE THEY’RE SECRETLY BUILDING by Proto-type Theater is a wry expose of spies, lies and surveillance and will be coming to Trestle Arts Base on Saturday 27 May, 7.30pm + Q&A.

Taking their title and inspiration from a quote by Edward Snowden, the company 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.

Written and directed by Andrew Westerside, the show 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, Edward Snowden’s revelations 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… well… concerned citizens think about what it is to speak up, speak out, blow the whistle and lift the veil…

Described as “an articulate wail of anger” by the British Theatre Guide, A MACHINE THEY’RE SECRETLY BUILDING is a powerful performance about how we got to the point where our governments are spying on us, and how that’s changing who we are. Tickets are available below:


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ALL TICKETS £5 | Suitable for 14+ | Runtime 60mins (no interval)

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