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Breaking The Code (Poster for Streatham Festival 2015)

Breaking The Code (Poster for Streatham Festival 2015)

Breaking The Code

St Leonards Central and Streatham Theatre Company present, direct from the Streatham Festival 2015, Breaking The Code by Hugh Whitemore, based on the book ‘Alan Turing: The Enigma’ by Alan Hodges.

“In the long run, it’s not breaking the code that matters – it’s where you go from there. That’s the real problem.”

Alan Turing was the eccentric genius who helped break the complex German Enigma code, playing a major role in the winning of World War II. After the war, Turing turned his scientific and mathematical genius to the concept of developing an ‘electronic brain’– the first computer – which lead ultimately to today’s smartphones and tablets.

Meanwhile, in his private life, Turing was breaking another code: the taboo of homosexuality. In 1952, he was convicted of the criminal act of gross indecency and sentenced to undergo hormone treatments as part of his rehabilitation. He committed suicide in 1954.

Turing spent his childhood in St. Leonards, living at Baston House in Upper Maze Hill, and attending St Michael’s School in Charles Road until the age of 14.

This rehearsed reading is based on performances of Hugh Whitemore’s play at Streatham Festival 2015. It focuses on Turing the man, his personal moral code, the relationships that influenced his life and his struggle to appreciate the conventions and laws of 1950s society.

Breaking The Code: Masonic Hall in St Leonards. Saturday February 6th only at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets available on-line.

Posted 10:55 Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 In: Performance

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