New play by Welsh playwright about Alan Turing to tour UK

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 scriptographyproductions@gmail.com