Lovesong of the Electric Bear
Drama

Arts

Lovesong of the Electric Bear

04 Nov 2015 - 21 Nov 2015

£18.00 - £18.00

Pro reviewers rating
5 reviews

3.0 out of 5.0
Peer reviewers rating
0 reviews

0.0 out of 5.0

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Snoo Wilson’s Lovesong of the Electric Bear explores the life of Alan Turing, the computer visionary and gay maths genius whose breaking of Germany’s secret intelligence codes saved thousands of lives and contributed to the Allied victory in World War II. Subsequently vilified for his homosexuality he received a posthumous pardon on Christmas Eve, 2013.
 
Awoken from his deathbed by his favourite childhood teddy bear, Porgy, Turing is led by the hand through the bizarre and tumultuous journey of his life, from glowing academia and the invention of the Universal Turing Machine to New York drag bars. And from triumph to disgrace with his conviction for indecency, leading to his public shaming and suicide. Lovesong of the Electric Bear is a wonderfully imaginative, comic and moving play from one of British theatre’s great voices.

Transfers to the intimate surroundings of the West End’s newest immersive studio at The Arts following a sell out, award-nominated run at The Hope Theatre.

Ages 
16+

Reviews are from the Hope

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Arts [Fringe]

“Apparent theatrical mayhem... rigorously and satisfyingly structured... Hallard's [a] beautifully judged and athletic Turing. ”

Michael Coveney (What's on Stage, The Stage, Independent)

“Wilson’s winding, surreal play... It’s a weird and often bumpy ride with the bear a kind of jolly master of ceremonies. ”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

“Parker’s production is energetic and imaginative, with a sweetly low-fi aesthetic that somehow fits this eccentric character. ”

Honour Bayes (Time Out, The Stage)

“More dash than cash... Hallard captures both Turing’s intellectual arrogance and emotional puzzlement. ”

Lyn Gardner (The Guardian)

“A cuddly, fluff-filled creature of faintly nightmarish proportions. Porgy takes Turing on a careening ride back in time. ”

Sam Marlowe (The Times, Time Out, Arts Desk)

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