Breaking The Code at The Royal Exchange Theatre
Alan Turing is credited for having saved over 14 million lives and bringing WW2 to an end two years early. Breaking The Code is his story; On Monday 31st October, we took a trip to the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester to watch it.
This performance was in the round which was well executed, with changing light beams creating different scenes. Alan Turing was an extremely clever young mathematician in the midst of World War 2, who was tasked with creating a machine that would crack the German Enigma code and win the war for Britain.
Daniel Rigby brought the character of Alan Turing back to life, he really captured the genius, yet unsure and slightly disturbed demeanour of Turing. Daniel played this part in a way that made you connect with Turing emotionally and almost feel for him. The attention to detail was brilliant, even down to Turing’s occasional stutter and the costumes made you feel as though you really were watching a clip of real history.
The production contains a trail of subtle humour which lightens the story up a little. However, I would say that if war, maths or history are not your forte, the play could become a little hard to follow in certain scenes.
Alan Turing was a homosexual man and although this is not stated as such until around half way into the performance, the audience are able to see this building up from the start, due to subtle behaviours from Turing. The story features two of Turing's lovers; Nikos, an old school friend, played by Dimitri Gripari, and Ron Miller, a man Turing met at a local pub, played by Harry Egan. In my opinion Harry Egan is a superb actor, portraying the sloppy, thieving personality of Ron Miller excellently.
After his success in breaking the code, Turing arrives in Manchester where his new aim is to develop the modern computer. The story soon turns sour when he is confronted, by Police Officer Mick Ross played by Phil Cheadle, about his homosexuality. There seems to be a sense of hope that the situation will be resolved, however Turing goes on to commit suicide in 1954 after public humiliation and prosecution for indecency. Only after Alan Turing’s death was he eventually pardoned of his convictions for being a gay man. This left me thinking how crazy it was that someone so key in Britain’s Victory in WW2 could be prosecuted and humiliated in such a way that led him to end his own life.
The Royal Exchange itself is a great theatre with very polite, helpful and friendly staff. I would recommend this production to those who have an interest in the life of Alan Turing or World War 2, however it may be a little hard to understand if those are not things that interest you.
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