We are very pleased to be welcoming Francois Pandolfo to the company to take on the role of Friend.
Francois’ on screen credits include DR WHO, CASUALTY, BAKER BOYS, TATI’S HOTEL and EASTENDERS for BBC and the feature GENERATION Z.
His theatre credits include THE ROYAL BED for Theatre Pena, THE COMPLEAT FEMALE STAGE BEAUTY for Mappa Mundi, A SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS, A HISTORY OF FALLING THINGS, MACBETH and THE VOYAGE for Clwyd Theatr Cymru, THE DUMB WAITER at The Crucible, Sheffield, LOVE AT FIRST LIGHT and MUSCLE for Shock ‘N’ Awe Productions.
His radio credits include MY OWN PRIVATE GONDOLIER, THE HOUSE THAT EILEEN BUILT and THE TINNER’S CORPSE for BBC Radio 4.
Francois said, “Alan Turing’s life story has always fascinated me, so to be on board a project that explores the enigma of his mind is both emotional and inspiring. I am a strong believer that our relationships dictate who we are, as well as what we become, and this is ever present in TO KILL A MACHINE. It pieces together what makes a man…and what breaks him down!”
We are very pleased to bring you the first of our cast announcements. The role of Interrogator will be played by Robert Harper.
Robert Harper has performed in theatre, radio & television. He trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama and shortly after joined the BBC Radio Drama Company, acting in hundreds of radio dramas for Radio 4 including Against The Grain, Aunt Julia and The Scriptwriter, Einstein In Cromer, People Like Us, The Tree of Liberty, War & Peace, Anna Karenina, and Matt in the BBC Radio Wales soap opera Station Road. His TV work includes The Bench, Dirty Work, The Bill, and Tati’s Hotel, and a number of short films & music videos. Theatre work includes Serious Money for Waking Exploits, Measure for Measure, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Séan Tyrone, Fragments of Ash. Directing credits include Theatre Exchange @ the Birmingham Rep, and for his own company Bare Fiction. Robert is also a widely published poet, creative writing tutor and editor of Bare Fiction Magazine.
The producer Sandra Bendelow said, “Robert Harper was involved in the very first reading of the short play which Catrin Fflur Huws wrote for the Spread the Word project back in 2011. We are thrilled to have him return to the role in the full length version of the play. “
Robert said, “When I read an early draft of To Kill A Machine as part of a script workshop back in 2011, I knew straight away that it had fantastic potential. It’s a great script with a beautifully constructed theatrical metaphor for Turing’s Imitation Game. I am absolutely thrilled to be able to come back to it and play the Interrogator on tour before taking the show to Edinburgh for the fringe.”
A new play To Kill a Machine about Alan Turing, written by Aberystwyth University lecturer Catrin Fflur Huws has received worldwide support from a Kickstarter campaign. The project raised £8,000 through its crowdfunding campaign with funding for the project coming from supporters in New Zealand, Germany and the US as well as major funding from computer scientist and law communities in Wales.
Not only has the project secured funding through Kickstarter but it has also been awarded two project grants from Arts Council Wales. The first grant will support the production and tour of Wales and the second is one of the highly competitive Wales in Edinburgh awards with only 10 Welsh companies or artists awarded support to present the best of Welsh theatre at the internationally renowned festival of performance.
The centenary year celebrations of Alan Turing and the government pardon brought Alan Turing’s life-story to the attention of more people but it is the recent film starring Benedict Cumberbatch which has finally seen Alan Turing become a household name. However the film has been subject to some criticism for its lack of factual accuracy about Turing’s life and work. To Kill a Machine however has been embraced by computer scientists who have applauded not only Catrin Fflur Huws’ telling of Turing’s life story but the way she has embedded Turing’s own work into the play.
Catrin Fflur Huws said, “I’m really honoured by how much support To Kill A Machine has received. The story, about loneliness and exile, as well as courage and extraordinariness is one lots of people can identify with. There’s also a lot of humour and warmth in the play. It’s a story about love and friendship as well as injustice. I am very pleased that so many more people will get the chance to hear my version of this true story.”
Sandra Bendelow, the producer of To Kill a Machine said, “We always knew that Catrin’s play about Alan Turing was very special and had the potential to be something quite incredible. It is amazing to have the support of so many people who want to see the play. It is always really challenging to get support through crowdfunding campaigns but this was genuinely enjoyable. To see how much love, adoration and respect there is for Alan Turing is quite a humbling and overwhelming experience. Alan Turing is a hero to so many people for so many reasons and we’re really excited about being able to show people why, and telling the Alan Turing story the way it should be told.”
Tickets can be reserved for Arad Goch
6th, 7th and 8th May – Arad Goch www.aradgoch.com 01970 617998
To Kill a Machine is a new play written by Welsh playwright Catrin Fflur Huws which will be touring in Wales and London in May including 6th, 7th and 8th May Arad Goch in Aberystwyth, 9th May Theatre Brycheiniog in Brecon, 12th May – Torch Theatre in Milford Haven, 15th May – Taliesin Arts Centre in Swansea , 17th May – Arcola Theatre in London, 21st May – The Miners in Ammanford, and 22nd May Theatr Hafren in Newtown. The play will also be at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 7th – 31st August.
To Kill a Machine is unique and innovative piece of theatre which offers an empowering and heartbreaking story of a man guilty only of knowledge, homosexuality and refusing to live a lie who was turned into a hero, vilified for his sexuality and suicide and resurrected to hero after his death.
It was originally piloted as a play during the 2012 centenary celebrations for Alan Turing’s birth during which it was presented at a Science Cafe at Swansea University. The project been embraced by computer scientists including support from British Computer Society and Computing in Schools.
The company have taken the innovative approach to use Kickstarter to raise funds for their production and tour and also towards their participation programme which seeks to promote the life, work and legacy of Alan Turing beyond the play.
Producer Sandra Bendelow said, “Launching the kickstarter campaign is about more than raising the money for the project. It was as much about how the community of computer science around us at Aberystwyth and in Wales supported the project and were asking – when is the play going to tour, when can we see this play again, when can we get people we know along to see the play. I was being asked, “How can I help? How can I support the play?” It has been staggering to see the support that there is, which seems to be about the way the community feels about Alan Turing but is also about this incredible play that Catrin has written which presents Alan Turing the man, his life and his work in a way that they love wholeheartedly. They want to support the project and so kickstarter is about them being involved at the very heart of it by financially supporting and supporting it through being able to tell other people about it who might want to support.”
The Kickstarter campaign is available at www.kickstarter.com/projects/scriptography/to-kill-a-machine
For more information on To Kill a Machine, Scriptography Productions and the writer Catrin Fflur Huws contact firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll be bringing you regular updates on the progress of the project, along with interviews with everyone involved.