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Chwarae Gyda Tan: Gameshow Take on Alan Turing’s Life, ‘To Kill a Machine’, Comes to King’s Head Theatre

In the middle of a chain reaction. The cast of 'To Kill A Machine'. Photograph, courtesy of Keith Morris.

Alan Turing’s life, legacy, and victimisation is looked at through a gameshow lens in Welsh company’s acclaimed To Kill A Machine.

Alan Turing’s life and gross mistreatment by British authorities is something that has been explored with fervor in recent years, with the re-evaluation of his life and “deviancy” being made by a more accepting and liberal society shining light on his colossal achievements rather than his persecutions and persuasions. There have been high profile films like The Imitation Game but also more affectionate (and oddball) turns like the marvelous Lovesong of the Electric Bear, all leaving their mark and contribution to our perception of an embattled genius who did so much but received very little thanks in return. To Kill A Machine looks to add to that canon.

In the middle of a chain reaction. The cast of 'To Kill A Machine'. Photograph, courtesy of Keith Morris.

In the middle of a chain reaction. The cast of ‘To Kill A Machine’. Photograph, courtesy of Keith Morris.

Though Turing’s life is one of great awe, its end still resonates with a lot of anger given Turing’s needless and tragic persecution. His legacy is one that has raised many questions about power, control, and the importance we place on sexuality. Welsh theatre company, Cwmni Arad Goch, playwright Catrin Fflur Hews, and director Angharad Lees, delve deeper into Turing’s work into artificial intelligence to ask additional questions about what distinguishes man from machine.

In association with Scriptography Productions, To Kill a Machine has already been met with great praise and five star reviews in both Wales and Scotland, having been nominated for four Wales Theatre Awards including Best Director, Best Writer, and Best Production, as well as enjoying a highly acclaimed run at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

To Kill A Machine promises to peeps at Turing through a gameshow lens, meaning we should expected a tilted but deep look into the genius, hero, icon, and lover that Turing was. To Kill A Machine is part of the King’s Head Theatre’s dedication to new and exciting LGBT theatre, following their acclaimed productions of Fucking Men and 5 Guys Chillin’ last yearand this year’s anticipated queer “broken musical” Something Something Lazarus.

To Kill A Machine will run at the King’s Head Theatre, London, N1 1QN, between 6-23 April. Tickets are £14. To book, visit

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