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A machine They're Secretly Building

PULSE PREVIEW: Proto-type – A Machine They’re Secretly Building

Ipswich’s Pulse Festival offers ten days of thrilling theatre, dance and music, with work from established artists and those taking their first step on the performance ladder. Our Pulse Previews series gives participants the chance to tell us about their show in a fun, relaxed style. Proto-type tell us about their showA Machine They’re Secretly Building.


How would you describe your show in one sentence?

Spies, lies, surveillance and secrets!

Is this your first visit to Pulse, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?

We were recently told that one of the festival organisers has some truly exceptional shirts and will never be knowingly caught wearing the same one twice. We look forward to witnessing this sartorial legend in action… Also, we cannot wait for all the immense performance and the fish baps.

How has the show developed on the way to Ipswich?

The show changes in small ways all the time. We started making it in January of last year, and as more and more has come to light about state surveillance and abuses of power we’ve had to revisit our positions to make sure we’re being as clear and up-to-date as we can. It’s important to us that the show changes as the political landscape does. Things could look very different in the future…

How have you been preparing for Pulse?

Gillian has been honing her rage and perfecting her CCTV camouflage. Rachel is enjoying encrypting emails and practicing her ninja-rolls.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?

Well, we have some rather eye-catching pink balaclavas? How about: Everything we tell you is true, at least half of what we tell you is terrifying and we’ll be the only show to feature the cafeteria at CERN, a bar in New Mexico and some high-octane, grand slam chess.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Pulse (apart from your own!)?

Do you mean just pick one? That’s crazy! There’s three of us in Proto-type so can we have three picks?

The Preston Bill – Andy Smith, Mmm Hmmm – Verity Standen and O No! – Jamie Wood

Pulse is famous for it’s quirky (and delicious) food offerings, including the now (in)famous Fish Baps. If your show was an item of food for the Pulse menu what would it be?

The Edward Snowcone (Vodka, Shaved Ice and Cranberry Juice served in a classified paper twist)

Image:Proto-type and Fenia Kotsopoulou

A Machine They’re Secretly Buildingis being performed at Pulse Festival Ipswich on 30 May 2016

For more information visit www.pulseipswich.co.uk or www.proto-type.org

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