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A Machine they're Secretly Building

Charting a course from the Top Secret secrets of WWI intelligence through to 9/11, the erosion of privacy, Edward Snowden, and the terror of a future that might already be upon us, A Machine they’re Secretly Building, takes a look at how surveillance got where it is and how it's changing who we are.

From what might be a news desk, an office, a bedroom, an underground bunker or a theatre, two people – reporters, senators, freedom fighters, or just concerned citizens– illustrate what it is to speak up, speak out, whistle-blow and lift the veil.

Performed by Proto-type Theatre, who have combined original text and classified intelligence documents with film, from digital artist Adam York Gregory and music and sound design by Paul J Rogers, vent their frustration at the insidious machine of surveillance.

Discover Southbank Centre


There’s always something to see and do at Southbank Centre, the bustling arts centre by the river Thames. See shows and exhibitions, take part in vibrant festivals, and look out for free music and events. Enjoy a drink or a meal in one of the many bars and restaurants or soak up the atmosphere at the iconic Royal Festival Hall. 

In addition to the Royal Festival Hall, the expansive site includes Hayward Gallery (scheduled to reopen in 2018), Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Rooms and the Poetry Library.

The arts centre hosts a festival programme of over 5000 events every year across the genres of art, theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, literature and debate. For 2017 Southbank Centre places a focus Nordic art and culture - find out more about sustainable food and communal singing, hygge and saunas, paternity leave and the struggle for gender equality

WhereIs It?

Southbank Centre

Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX