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Audition – Breaking the Code
September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
One event on 17/09/2018 at 7:00pm
Season 1 at The 1812 Theatre
Performance dates: February 16, 2019 – March 21, 2019
Director: Malcolm Sussman
Auditions will be held at 7.00 p.m. on Sunday, September 16 & Monday, September 17 at The 1812 Theatre.
The play explores the complex mind of Alan Turing as he wrestles with the Germans’ Enigma Code and his homosexuality. Although the play does provide insight into this thorny, tormented mathematical genius and his theories on artificial intelligence, it is Turing’s interactions with the other characters in the play, especially his troubled relationship with his mother, that is a major focus of the drama. He is more comfortable expounding upon Bertrand Russell or Wittgenstein than conversing on more mundane matters with those around him.
Characters in the play:
Alan Turing – Male 30 – 40
A massive and challenging role. Passionate – his first love is Mathematics, socially inept and hostile at times; lacking social graces most of the time, he can be boyishly naïve. He stammers probably because the torrent of ideas that flows through his brain comes with a speed that defies fluent articulation.
Mick Ross – Male Age?
He could be played as an enthusiastic younger sleuth, who plays it by the book or for those of you who have seen “The Last Detective” – the “Dangerous Davis” type – thorough and honest, but never going beyond Sergeant.
Christopher Morcom: Male – late teens
Alan’s first love and a year or so older. His moral compass and another budding scientific genius, both shunned by their arty-farty public school. Christopher’s death is the spur that drives Alan on to achieve greatness.
Nikos Male – the same age as Christopher Morcom – roles could be doubled up
Charming and innocent – speaks entirely in Greek. Alan’s ‘bit of fluff’ while on holiday in Corfu. His scene with Alan does not involve sexual intimacy.
Sarah Turing – Female – 50ish
Appears to be the upper middle class stereotypical British mother, but there are hidden depths and complexities which Alan fails to understand until later in the play.
Pat Green – Female – late 20’s to early 30’s
A co-worker at Bletchley Park, highly intelligent, in love with Alan even when he admits to his non-hetero sexuality. Shows much of the empathy which Alan often lacks.
Ron Miller Male – 20’s
A north country working class opportunist, who sees in his sexual relationship with Alan an opportunity to make some cash. Not cold, but a realist.
Dillwyn Knox Male – 60+
In charge at Bletchley Park and responsible for recruiting Turing. He could be ex-military and is a stickler for procedure. The scene in which Turing expounds upon Godel’s Theorem leaves Knox in a slipstream of bewilderment.
John Smith – Male – 40-60
Bland but sinister Le Carre type public servant – minor role, appearing in 2 scenes.
Should you have any queries about the production or would like to audition and cannot attend on the dates scheduled above, please ring Malcolm on 0417 141 803. I am prepared to meet with you at a mutually convenient time.
I have an electronic copy of the script which can be forwarded to you upon request.