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Breaking The Code

Breaking The Code is a handsome tribute to a brilliant mathematician

~ a guest blog by Cheish Merryweather  


Alan Turing’s road has run out. In the final, tragic minutes, his life flashes in and out of focus. This is where his story starts…

Breaking The Code at People’s Theatre is a thought-provoking true story of brilliant mathematician Alan Turing. This tribute remembers how he famously broke the German Enigma Code, shortening the 1939-45 war by over two years, saving thousands of lives and whose research laid the groundwork for the theoretical foundations of computer science and artificial intelligence.

However, at the heart of the play is another problem – Turing is a homosexual; chastised, hounded and eventually charged under the Gross Indecency statute, he struggles to live fearlessly during an age of repression.

Turing should avoid the truth to protect his personal life and career but in this case, he at heart all he knows is honesty. He reports a robbery to the police but ends up incriminating himself, admitting that he was sexually involved with the robber – Ron Miller.

Richard Jack who plays Turing, stuttering and stammering his way the performance just like the genius mathematician himself, has an underlying softness that balances out his well-voiced frustrations with the world. The cast is perfection but Jack is masterful; evoking both empathy and anger toward the injustices he has to face.

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Photo credit:  Paula Smart

Currently LGBT History Month, Breaking The Code is harrowing look to a time when in 1955 alone 2,500 were prosecuted under the Gross Indecency statue, with 4 out of 10 jailed for the attraction to the same sex.

61 years later, the toxic Clause 28 was abolished. It is in the courage of men like Alan Turing that gave a brighter hope to future generations that proves how important his story really is. This is a terrific performance and a handsome tribute to an extraordinary man.

For more information and tickets visit the People’s Theatre website here.

~ a guest blog by Cheish Merryweather  




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