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Studio Theatre Company Breaking the Code By Hugh Whitemore Alan Turing was a mathematical genius whose work at Bletchley Park helped crack the German 'Enigma code' - which was credited by
Studio Theatre Company
Breaking the Code
By Hugh Whitemore
Alan Turing was a mathematical genius whose work at Bletchley Park helped crack the German ‘Enigma code’ – which was credited by Churchill as the greatest single contribution to the Allied victory in WWII. But in a dramatic turn of events, he was later prosecuted for homosexuality, and chose chemical castration as an alternative to prison… before committing suicide. How could the state treat such a great man so appallingly, purely because of his sexuality?
Described by one reviewer as “another thought-provoking, enlightening, insightful and wonderfully directed piece by the Studio Theatre Company that leaves you all the more enriched for having the pleasure to view it”, Breaking The Code is the true story behind the Hollywood film “The Imitation Game”.
Alan Turing changed the world, in wartime and in our own. When he died, nine years after the War, aged 41, few people knew of his work cracking the Enigma code of the Germans and few understood the significance of his work in computing. He had imagined the first modern computer, set about building it, and dreamt that one day intelligent machines might think. Only now is his influence recognised – and only now has the state forgiven him.
Hugh Whitemore’s play spans Alan Turing’s life, from his schooldays to his death, convicted and at odds with the country he had helped to save. It is the story of the man behind the extraordinary achievements.
Based on the account of Turing’s life by Andrew Hodges that inspired The Imitation Game.
Elegant and poignant Time Magazine
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