“A Machine they’re Secretly Building” play on tour, features visuals from artist Adam York Gregory

Proto-type: A Machine they're Secretly Building (2016)

“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 – the latest project from Proto-type, a company of multi-disciplinary artists led by Rachel Baynton, Gillian Lees, and Andrew Westerside, charts a course from the Top Secret secrets of World War One 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 (and occasional comic artist) Adam York Gregory 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.

A Machine they’re Secretly Building – Remaining Tour Dates

18th February Lincoln performing Arts Centre, Lincoln
13th/14th April Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
27th April Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick University
18th June The Civic, Barnsley
19th June The Hub, Leeds
20th June Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

For more information visit the Proto-type web site

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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