1. Theatrical trailer for Proto-type Theater's The Good, the God and the Guillotine (2013) premièring as part of the Frequency Festival of Digital Culture.

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  2. A MACHINE THEY'RE SECRETLY BUILDING
    Touring Now!

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    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 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 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 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.

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    “Intelligent agitprop... a eulogy from the end of history”

    “Think Adam Curtis meets Chris Thorpe meets Proto-type!”

    “…after an hour in the company of Rachel Baynton and Gillian Lees you may want to go off grid, head to the woods and never touch a keyboard ever again! Based on Edward Snowden’s revelation of the US government’s “massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building”, writer (and director) Andrew Westerside’s history of State surveillance is both revelatory and deeply disturbing… Baynton and Lees’ performances are compelling, their softly spoken words carefully pitched to have us learn forward in our seat to hear every word. They use charm and humour to disarm us but make no mistake, their message is forceful, their campaign as vivid as the lurid pink balaclavas they often don.”
    – Glen Pearce, The Reviews Hub

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    A Machine they’re Secretly Building was commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (Lincoln), Warwick Arts Centre (Warwick) and hAb/Word of Warning (Manchester). Supported by Tramway, Glasgow, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, The Britten-Pears Foundation and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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    2017 Tour Dates:
    CREWE | AXIS ARTS CENTRE | TUE 28 FEB | 7.30pm | axisartscentre.org.uk
    SALFORD | THE LOWRY | WED 1 MAR | 8pm | thelowry.com
    Part of WTF Wednesday in association with Word of Warning
    BIRMINGHAM | mac | THUR 2 & FRI 3 MAR | 8.30pm | macbirmingham.co.uk
    GLASGOW | TRON THEATRE | THUR 13 – SAT 15 APR | 8pm | tron.co.uk | Scottish Premiere
    NEWCASTLE | NORTHERN STAGE | TUE 25 & WED 26 APR | 7.45pm | northernstage.co.uk/
    LIVERPOOL | UNITY THEATRE | TUE 9 MAY | unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk
    ST ALBANS | TRESTLE ARTS BASE | SAT 27 MAY | trestle.org.uk
    NORWICH | NORWICH ARTS CENTRE | WED 7 JUN | norwichartscentre.co.uk/
    EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2017 | SUMMERHALL – as part of the British Council Showcase | TUE 15 – SUN 27 AUG | festival17.summrhall.co.uk
    FARNHAM | FARNHAM MALTINGS | TUE 3 OCT | farnhammaltings.com
    LONDON | SOUTHBANK CENTRE | THUR 9 – SAT 11 NOV | southbankcentre.co.uk

    Duration: approx. 60mins, no interval | Age Recommendation: 14+ (parent/guardian discretion)

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  3. Moving, unsettling and bitter-sweetly funny, Proto-type’s Third Person: Bonnie & Clyde, investigates the events that unfolded out of the electric meeting of two of history’s most infamous lovers.

    As they illustrate, control and sometimes miscommunicate the story, the performers veer between the emotional, the factual and the fantastical as they pick-apart the particulars of this strange love affair. Delivered in the third person through a variety of lo-fi media including video, drawings and overhead projection, Third Person: Bonnie & Clyde creates a fragmented tale of evidence, rumours and the surprising connections between love, life, death and donuts.

    “A charming, lyrical attempt to redeem two of history’s most notorious murderers… delivering 60 minutes of Romeo And Juliet with guns and a mounting body count.” – Kultureflash

    “…has plenty to say about the madness of love, and about the fragility of conventional ideas of law and morality, faced by a stronger force, in a brutal world.” – Scotsman

    “It’s exciting and visually stimulating, with the attention to detail I have come to expect from Proto-type, and yet is a departure from their more grand work. You really get to know both the performers on stage and the real people that they almost embody.” – Audience Member

    “A captivating piece of presentational theatre. Wes and Gillian create an environment which evokes a feeling of sitting with an old acquaintance and being told a series of uncanny yet fascinating turns of events.” – Audience Member

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    Third Person: Bonnie & Clyde was developed at Battersea Arts Centre (London) and the Storey Creative Industries Centre Lancaster. Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Third Person: Bonnie & Clyde premiered at Nuffield Theatre Lancaster on 16 February 2010.

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  4. A show that steals its style from the gig, the opera and the recital, The Good, the God and the Guillotine is a music-driven piece of theatre like no other.

    A long walk, the beach. A fight, a murder. The heat, and the barking of dogs. We’re travelling out of the sun and towards darkness.

    Three performers and three laptop musicians create an atmospheric, cross-genre journey through a tangle of relationships and technologies, all set against reactive objects, lights and hand-drawn animations.
    Proto-type Theater, collaborating with the musician/composers of MMUle, lighting designer Rebecca M. K. Makus and animator Adam York Gregory, present a performance sung and spoken across thirteen distinct chapters.

    The Good, the God and the Guillotine is a personal answer to the universal question, and was inspired by a reading of Albert Camus’ powerful 1942 novel The Stranger.

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  5. 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 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 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 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.

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    "A great antidote to 2017’s tangled political and cultural landscape" – Exeunt

    ★★★★ "The kind of theatre that seeps into the sub-conscious" – The List

    ★★★★ "We are being called to arms. A Machine… is an alarm clock, waking us up" – The Wee Review

    “Intelligent agitprop... a eulogy from the end of history” – Audience Response

    “…after an hour in the company of Rachel Baynton and Gillian Lees you may want to go off grid, head to the woods and never touch a keyboard ever again! Based on Edward Snowden’s revelation of the US government’s “massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building”, writer (and director) Andrew Westerside’s history of State surveillance is both revelatory and deeply disturbing… Baynton and Lees’ performances are compelling, their softly spoken words carefully pitched to have us learn forward in our seat to hear every word. They use charm and humour to disarm us but make no mistake, their message is forceful, their campaign as vivid as the lurid pink balaclavas they often don.” – The Reviews Hub

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    proto-type.org | #AMTSB

    A Machine they’re Secretly Building was commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (Lincoln), Warwick Arts Centre (Warwick) and hAb/Word of Warning (Manchester). Supported by Tramway, Glasgow, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, The Britten-Pears Foundation and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

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    2017 Tour Dates:

    CREWE | AXIS ARTS CENTRE | TUE 28 FEB | 7.30pm | axisartscentre.org.uk
    SALFORD | THE LOWRY | WED 1 MAR | 8pm | thelowry.com
    Part of WTF Wednesday in association with Word of Warning
    BIRMINGHAM | mac | THUR 2 & FRI 3 MAR | 8.30pm | macbirmingham.co.uk
    GLASGOW | TRON THEATRE | THUR 13 – SAT 15 APR | 8pm | tron.co.uk | Scottish Premiere
    NEWCASTLE | NORTHERN STAGE | TUE 25 & WED 26 APR | 7.45pm | northernstage.co.uk/
    LIVERPOOL | UNITY THEATRE | TUE 9 MAY | unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk
    ST ALBANS | TRESTLE ARTS BASE | SAT 27 MAY | trestle.org.uk
    NORWICH | NORWICH ARTS CENTRE | WED 7 JUN | norwichartscentre.co.uk/
    EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2017 | SUMMERHALL: Part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase | TUE 15 – SUN 27 AUG | festival17.summerhall.co.uk
    FARNHAM | FARNHAM MALTINGS | TUE 3 OCT | farnhammaltings.com
    LONDON | SOUTHBANK CENTRE | THUR 9 – SAT 11 NOV | southbankcentre.co.uk

    Duration: approx. 60mins, no interval | Age Recommendation: 14+ (parent/guardian discretion)

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