Find out how you're being watched in new Sheffield show

Proto-type Theater's innovative show A Machine They're Secretly Building combines original text, classified intelligence documents, film, animation and specially-composed music to entertain, inform, and challenge.

Monday, 5th November 2018, 12:29 pm
Updated Monday, 5th November 2018, 12:34 pm
A Machine They're Secretly Building, part of the EnableUs season at the University Drama Studio

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 - think about what it is to speak up and speak out.

Inspired by a quote from former CIA operative turned whistle-blower Edward Snowden, A Machine they're Secretly Building is a wry exposé of spies, lies and government surveillance.

It charts a course from the secrets of First World War intelligence through to 9/11 and a future that might already be upon us.

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'The show is about how we got to this point, where our governments are spying on us, and how that's changing who we are,' said writer and director Andrew Westerside.

A Machine They're Secretly Building is on stage at the University Drama Studio on Shearwood Road/Glossop Road as part of the currrent EnableUS season, bringing innovative theatre to the city. It's on Wednesday (November 7) at 8pm .

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