Breaking the Code

by Hugh Whitemore, based on the book ‘Alan Turing: The Enigma’ by Alan Hodges. This amateur production is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, LTD.

Production, Streatham Festival

03 July 2015 to 11 July 2015

Friday 3 July / Saturday 4 July 2015 / 8pm (doors 7.30pm) Saturday 11 July / 2pm (doors 1.30pm) / 7pm (6.30pm)

Admission: Adults £10, Concessions £8

“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 WW II.

After the war Turing turned his scientific and mathematical genius to the concept of developing an ‘electronic brain’; the first computer.

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.

Following on from the recent film ‘The Imitation Game’, our production  of Hugh Whitemore’s play 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.

Turing received a posthumous Royal Pardon in 2013. There is now a campaign to extend a pardon to homosexuals convicted of similar criminal offences in the past.

Part of Streatham Festival 2015. Supported by Vinters Studios and Beacon Bingo.

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