Revealing story of our greatest code-breaker

Dan Large as Ron Miller and Robbie Carnegie as Alan Turing. Photo contributed.
Dan Large as Ron Miller and Robbie Carnegie as Alan Turing. Photo contributed.

Buxton Drama League is bringing the life of a wartime code-breaker to the stage this November.

The local drama group will follow up the critical success of The Winter’s Tale and Habeas Corpus with a powerful drama based on one of the most fascinating figures in 20th century British history.

Robbie Carnegie as Alan Turing and Sara Gray as Pat Green. Photo contributed.

Robbie Carnegie as Alan Turing and Sara Gray as Pat Green. Photo contributed.

Breaking the Code tells the story of Alan Turing, the ground-breaking mathematician and computer pioneer whose work at Bletchley Park during World War II led to the cracking of the German Enigma Code and, arguably, hastened Allied victory.

However, in post-war Britain, Turing’s inability to hide his sexuality, at a time when being gay was still a crime, led to criminal conviction and his untimely death.

Hugh Whitemore’s award-winning play moves backwards and forwards in time, piecing together the key events and relationships of Turing’s life in this riveting, poignant and amusing portrait of an extraordinary mind.

Director Barrie Goodwin said: “I can honestly say that in the years that I have been with the Drama League, I have never seen so many actors becoming so engrossed in their characters.

“This is aside from the sheer drama that the play portrays and of course it is a true story.”

Actor Robbie Carnegie, who plays the role of Alan Turing, added: ‘It’s an immense role.

“I have to keep remembering at what point in his life I am, as Turing is portrayed at various ages, from 17 to 42.

“Turing was an amazing, brilliant character and I only hope I do him justice.”

Buxton Drama League performs Breaking the Code at the Pavilion Arts Centre on Friday November 15 and Saturday November 16, at 7.30pm, with a matinee on the Saturday at 2.30pm.

Tickets are priced £11 and £13, with discounts available. To book, telephone the Buxton Opera House Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or visit their website www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.

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