A letter from Proto-type

Author: Leo Burtin
13th April 2017 at 11:45
Greetings and salutations Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University!
 
We're writing to say thank you. Thank you for asking us to write on your blog and, more importantly, thank you for being you. 
 
Two years ago we were reeling at Edward Snowden's revelations, at the sheer nerve and scale of the surveillance systems that were being put in place under the guise of 'keeping us safe', and worried by how little attention was being paid to the gradual, insidious erosion of our privacy.
 
We started work on a piece of theatre that came to be called A Machine they're Secretly Building. We hoped to expose some of the spying and lying that was slipping right under the radar, hidden in plain sight...
 
We were invited by you to stage the premiere of that show, in the Nuffield Theatre, at the opening of your 2016 Festival of Questions, in front of an amazing, generous audience who stayed long afterwards to chat, share their thoughts, and admire our pink balaclavas.
 
We've since toured A Machine... to venues all across the UK (right now, I'm writing to you on the eve of our Scottish premiere at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow), have been invited to perform the piece as part of the British Council Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival this year, and have even seen the script published by Oberon Books. 
 
It takes a lot of time, space and support to take a new show from idea to opening night and that's exactly what you gave us - exactly what you have always given to hundreds of artists, musicians, writers, dancers, directors and performers over the years. We've known Lancaster Arts for a long time (and under a variety of names!) and know that without your expertise, consistent support, and belief in our work, we wouldn't be doing what we do.
 
So, thank you. A thousand times over, thank you.
 
Rachel, Gillian and Wes.
 
You can find more details at www.proto-type.org or via #AMTSB
 
THUR 13 – SAT 15 APR – TRON THEATRE, GLASGOW – Scottish Premiere
TUE 25 & WED 26 APR – NORTHERN STAGE, NEWCASTLE
TUE 9 MAY – UNITY THEATRE, LIVERPOOL 
SAT 27 MAY – TRESTLE ARTS BASE, ST ALBANS
WED 7 JUNE – NORWICH ARTS CENTRE, NORWICH
TUE 15 – SUN 27 AUG – EDINBURGH FESTIVAL FRINGE 2017 – as part of the British Council Showcase
TUE 3 OCT – FARNHAM MALTINGS 
 
A Machine they’re Secretly Building was commissioned by Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Warwick Arts Centre and hÅb (Manchester). Supported by Tramway (Glasgow), Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, The Britten-Pears Foundation and the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

Photographs courtesy of Proto-type

Photographs courtesy of Proto-type