Audition Notice – Breaking the Code
By Hugh Whitemore
Based on the book Alan Turing the Enigma
by Andrew Hodges
Director – Mike Nower
Audition date: Sunday19 March 2023
Stables Theatre, Hastings. Auditions will start at 10am.
The running of the day will be as follows:
10am till 1pm – Turings
2pm – call backs for Turings plus the rest of the cast.
Performance dates: 2 June 2023 to 10 June 2023.
Tuesday and Thursday evenings 7.30 to 9.30pm. Rehearsals will start immediately in the week following the auditions. Until the later stages of rehearsal, calls will be mainly for small groups or two-handers. The evening may be split, you may only be called for the first or second half of the evening. If not called you are not required to attend. Turing will be called for every rehearsal. From the middle of May we will also rehearse on Sunday afternoons, and all the cast will be called. Rehearsals will be at, or close to, the Stables Theatre. . Please state at the auditions any dates on which you would be unable to rehearse – or any other acting commitments you have during our rehearsal period. N.B. Your full availability will be required in the two weeks preceding our opening night.
Breaking the Code
The play tells the story of Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician, who devised the means of breaking the German Enigma code which helped win World War II. Meanwhile, he also “broke the code” by being unapologetically homosexual at a time when homosexuality was illegal in Great Britain. It was on Churchill’s specific instructions that Turing was given all the resources he required – and his personal behaviour tolerated. His uncompromising stance may have helped him achieve his scientific goals, but it was also his personal undoing when the system eventually caught up with him.
Hugh Whitemore tells Turing’s story in this mesmerising play, combining humour with compassion, The play is biographical, and Whitemore skillfully interweaves different timescales, covering Turing’s life from a boy through to his death at the age of 41, building up a complete picture of Turing and those around him.
The play provides real insight into the dilemmas faced by a genius who refused to compromise his personal standpoint; not just by the man himself, but also by his family, his professional colleagues and The State’s preoccupation with national security.
If you have any questions about the play or the production, or cannot come to the auditions on the dates shown, please contact the Director, Mike Nower: firstname.lastname@example.org