"To Kill a Machine"
A new play by Catrin Fflur Huws about the wartime code-breaker Alan Turing, whose pioneering work considered whether a machine could think. At the heart of the play is a powerful love story which questions the meaning of humanity, and the importance of freedom.

Developed as part of Aberystwyth Arts Centre and Sherman Cymru’s Spread the Word project for emerging writers.

Presented by Scriptography Theatre Company at Aberystwyth Arts Centre on November 28 2012

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Alan Turing play 'To Kill A Machine' set to tour UK

A play which details the persecution of Alan Turing, the famed war-time cryptanalyst, will tour the UK next month. To Kill a Machine captures all aspects of Turing’s life, including his pivotal work in turning the tide against the Nazis during World War II and his 1952 prosecution for homosexual activity. KillMachine_km074 Penned by Welsh playwright Catrin Fflur Huws, the play promises to be a “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”. Sandra Bendelow, producer of the play, had this to say: “To see how much love, adoration and respect there is for Alan Turing is quite a humbling and overwhelming experience. Alan Turing is a hero to so many people for so many reasons and we’re really excited to show people why, and telling the Alan Turing story the way it should be told," says producer Sandra Bendelow. The play follows the recent 2012 centenary of Alan Turing’s birth and an official pardon for his ‘criminal offences’ by the Queen in August of last year. Turing’s life was last seen in 2014’s historical thriller The Imitation Game with Benedict Cumberbatch taking on the role of the seminal figure. The film was nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Academy Awards where it took home the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. To Kill a Machine tours Wales from 6th — 22nd of May and plays at London’s Arcola Theatre for one night on 17th May. It will also appear at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival from 7th — 31st August. More details can be found at play’s website. Check out the trailer below: