Edinburgh – Day One and a bit!

KillMachine2010wSo it’s Day 1 at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Well not strictly speaking Day 1. The van containing the To Kill a Machine set, me (the producer Sandra Bendelow) and Stage Manager Maisie arrived Tuesday, the rest of cast and the director arrived Wednesday evening for the tech on Thursday. But it is Day 1 of the show with our opening night at Edinburgh happening tonight 7th August 8.55PM

So it’s taken three years to get here. Three years ago that we did the pilot project for To Kill a Machine – putting the play together on a miniscule budget and 8 days of rehearsal performing it at Aberystwyth Arts Centre,  taking it to Sherman Cymru foyer and to Swansea University.

As a small company, the last three years has been about getting the company to the stage that it could produce this amazing play. The plays potential was always evident. In three years it has been through several stages of development and the one being presented now is a highly crafted and unique piece of theatre. In its recent tour of Wales and Arcola Theatre in London it received waves of positive review from reviewers and audience.

It would not be here at Edinburgh without the support of hundreds of kickstarter supporters, a mass of computer scientists from both Aberystwyth University and Swansea University, Arts Council Wales funding, a collaborative partnership with Cwmni Arad Goch which provided us with a perfect rehearsal space and support from Aberystwyth Arts centre to help in development and to get us over the final hurdle to Edinburgh.

It feels very overwhelming at the moment. Edinburgh Fringe festival is the largest arts festival in the world and it feels immense around us. As I look at the list of projects that are also here as part of the Wales in Edinburgh scheme again I feel overwhelmed that our 3 year old company is sitting alongside companies like Volcano, Sherman Cymru, Torch Theatre Co, Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru, Gwyn Emberton Dance, Mr & Mrs Clark, Living Pictures Productions, Puppet Soup and Light Ladd & Emberton.

But we are here and now it’s time to show the world a new play by Welsh playwright Catrin Fflur Huws.  A play that is not only a fantastic piece of writing but a play that presents the real story of Alan Turing. A story that is so deserving of being told.

To Kill a Machine is at Edinburgh Fringe Festival from 7th – 31st August at Zoo Aviary Venue 124.  Every night except Tuesday.

Book tickets here http://www.zoofestival.co.uk/