Edinburgh – Day One and a bit!

To Kill a Machine: Scriptography Productions

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/

First Week Special Offer for completed crosswords


KillMachine2045wScriptography productions and Zoo Venues are delighted to offer £1 off all tickets for To Kill a Machine during our first week for potential code breakers.

All you have to do to claim the offer is  take a completed broadsheet crossword from that day to the Zoo box office and you will be given £1 off your ticket. This offer is valid for all shows taking place during the first week.

To Kill a Machine tells the life-story of war-time cryptanalyst Alan Turing, written by Welsh playwright Catrin Fflur Huws. It is a story about the importance of truth and injustice and about the importance of keeping and of revealing secrets.

The play examines his pioneering work considering whether a machine could think asking the questions: what then is the difference between a human and a machine and if a human is prevented from thinking, do they then become a machine?

At the heart of the play is a powerful love story which questions the meaning of humanity, and the importance of freedom and considers how these questions are played out in relation to Turing’s own life, death and posthumous re-evaluation. It is the story of Turing the genius, Turing the victim and Turing the constant, in a tumultuous world.

The play is supported by the Arts Council Wales – Wales in Edinburgh awards.

To Kill a Machine is at Zoo: Aviary Venue 124 Edinburgh Fringe Festival 7th – 31st August 8:55PM

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

“To Kill a Machine questions something so fundamental, so ingrained within society and across cultures, and so ultimately problematic: the distinction between man and woman.”

“Gwydion Rhys gives a virtuoso performance as Alan Turing”


KillMachine2035w“a triumph and a thrill to watch”


“To Kill a Machine is a sensational piece of theatre about Alan Turing’s life”


“Don’t expect some wishy-washy story of a nice geeky
guy who happened to be homosexual. No, this is a hard-hitting look at the nature of humanity when confronted with a person who won’t – or perhaps just can’t – conform.”


“Gwydion Rhys is fantastic as Turing”

“Absorbing, provocative and, sometimes uncomfortable
to watch”