Based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges, the latest production by Havant’s award-winning Bench Theatre is Breaking The Code.
The play examines one of Britain’s most brilliant figures: the man whose mathematical genius and vision led to the development of modern day computers. Turing was a key player in the team that broke the Germans’ Enigma code. By doing so, he helped shorten the war and save countless lives.
Whitemore examines Turing’s complex life in Breaking The Code with deep compassion, gentle humour and brutal honesty. He catalogues his life with reference to his time at Bletchley Park, his often difficult personal and professional relationships and the conflict between his work and the struggle with his homosexuality at a time when it was deemed illegal behaviour.
Performed by an eight-member cast, this Bench production is directed by Alan Ward. Seasoned performer Jonathon Abbott makes his Bench debut in the challenging Turing role.
Breaking The Code will be performed daily over two weeks at the Spring Arts Centre, Havant, from September 17-19 at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm from September 23-26 at 7.30 pm.
Tickets available from the box office on (023) 9247 2700 or online at thespring.co.uk, costing £9.50 (concessions £7.50) for evening performances and £8.50 (concessions £6.50) for the matinee performance.
A buy one, get one free offer is available by phone on Thursday, September 17.