"....some flashes of creative flair"
The remarkable life of Alan Turing, is great material for a dramatisation. In 2014 Benedict Cumberbatch portrayed him in the acclaimed biographical film, the Imitation Game. Hailed as the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence, it is widely accepted that Turing’s role in cracking the Enigma code shortened World War II by several years. In 1952, arrested for homosexuality (illegal in Britain at the time), he chose chemical castration to avoid prison and took his own life by cyanide poisoning two years later. Until the full extent of his work was known in the 1990s, he was not as celebrated as he is now.
Joan Greening (writer) and Joel Goodman’s (composer, producer) musical is the story of Turing’s life from childhood to his death. A two hander, Joe Bishop plays Turing and Zara Cooke, all other roles (Mother, policeman and college chum/ fiancé/ fellow code cracker Joan).