Breaking the Code  
Breaking the Code

by Hugh Whitemore

Directed by Mike Nower

Evenings at 7.30 :
Wednesday 9th - Saturday 12th October and Tuesday 15th - Saturday 19th October
Matinées at 3.00 : Saturdays 12th and 19th October

At the Tower Theatre, Stoke Newington


Alan Turing was recently voted the ultimate icon of the 20th century, and will be the new face on the £50 note. Best known for his work in breaking the German Enigma code, he is also considered to be the father of modern computer science. Yet his achievements were overshadowed by his conviction for gross indecency, after breaking the establishment code by flaunting his homosexuality at a time when it was illegal.

Breaking The Code skilfully interweaves different timescales and the key elements of Turing's life to provide a gripping and moving picture of this genius and pioneer.



Cast List

Alan Turing : Matt Cranfield
Mick Ross : Martin Mulgrew
Sara Turing : Sara Nower
Ron Miller : Joe Lewis
Dillwyn Knox : Richard Pedersen
Patricia "Pat" Green : Rebecca Allan
Christopher Morcom : Isaac Insley
John Smith, : Ian Recordon
Nikos : Pablo Tranchell

 

Production Team

Director : Mike Nower
Set Design : Mike Nower
Costume Design : Sheila Burbidge & Peter Westbury
Lighting Design : Samuel Littley

Stage Manager : Laurence Tuerk
Assistant Director : Iacopo Pozzana



Matt Cranfield's previous Tower credits were Lust and other characters in Doctor Faustus and Henry in Love, Love, Love. After a break of a couple of years, he is absolutely delighted to be back, and relishing the opportunity to portray the incredible genius that is Alan Turing.
 
Martin Mulgrew is Artistic Director of the Tower. Earier this year he directed Deposit; last year, he appeared as Henry VIII in the Tower's production of Wolf Hall and he directed To Kill a Mockingbird. In 2017, he directed The Importance of Being Earnest which toured to the U.S.A. and in 2013 his play Entertaining Mr Orton was chosen as a Tower production for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Sara Nower joined he Tower last year and was delighted to be in the new theatre's opening production of Henry V. She has been involved with community theatre for over 20 years, performing and directing with groups in North Essex, London, and St Petersburg in Florida. Recent productions include Pride and Prejudice, The Killing of Sister George, Black Coffee, The Birds and God of Carnage. She is no stranger to Breaking the Code, having co-directed the play in 2009 and played the same role last year in Gulfport, Florida.
 
This is Joe Lewis's third production with the Tower Theatre after playing Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet (2016) and Mark Smeaton in Wolf Hall (2018). In recent years Joe has starred in three Ibsen plays with Ottisdotter Productions - Nils Stensson in Lady Inger (2013), Erik of Hegge in The Feast at Solhaug (2015) and Hemming in Olaf (2018). Other roles include Conti, Pirro and Camillo Rota in Emilia Galotti (Ottisdotter, 2014 and 2016) and Private Jack Rose in Firebox Productions' Shoot the Bugger.
Richard Pedersen is delighted to be revisiting Breaking the Code, having played Turing in the Tower's previous production of the play in 1990, a year after joining the Company. Richard was last on stage in The Seagull since when he has written and operated the subtitles for The Merry Wives of Windsor in Paris. His most recent stage appearances have included being drunk in Marching Song, Road, Our Town and An Enemy of the People, as well as playing an Orcadian crofter in Frankenstein and Tors, the Norwegian birdspotter in The Night Heron.
 
This is Rebecca Allan's third show with the Tower Theatre Company, after appearing in Trainspotting earlier this year and in Table last December. She graduated from Drama school last year, but has temporarily stepped away from professional acting to focus on other projects, and is now itchy to get back on stage. Even though she has only been a company member for a short while, she already loves it and won't be disappearing any time soon. Watch this space!
This is Isaac Insley's fifth appearance with the Tower Theatre Company; most recently he appeared as Ian in Accolade (2016). Isaac is also the Tower's go-to puppeteer. He made the puppets for the Tower’s immersive production of 1984 (2018) and was the puppetry consultant for the recent production of The Canterbury Tales.
 
Ian Recordon has played varied roles ranging from W H Auden (The Habit of Art), Valmont (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), Eddie Carbone (A View from the Bridge), Sir (The Dresser), Ralph Nickelby and Newman Noggs (Nicholas Nickelby), C S Lewis (Shadowlands) and Frank Bryant (Educating Rita) to lighter roles such as the Reverend Canon Chasuble (The Importance of Being Earnest), Elyiot (Private Lives), Henry Higgins (Pygmalion), Gary Essendine (Present Laughter) and Geoffrey (Stepping Out). He has also appeared in five Tower Shakespeare productions touring to Paris; playing the Duke (Measure for Measure), Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Jacques (As You Like It), Kent (King Lear) and Antigonus (The Winter's Tale).
This Pablo Tranchell's second appearance with the Tower company - he played Jem in To Kill A Mockingbird last year. He was a part of Angel Shed Youth Theatre for 9 years and has performed at the Shakespeare Schools Festival multiple times, playing characters such as Macbeth and Henry V.
 
Breaking the Code is Mike Nower's directing debut for the Tower. His past directing credits include Confusions, Relatively Speaking, The Dice House, The Shape of Things, The Exorcism, The Lion in Winter, Deathtrap, Blackbird, God of Carnage, The Birds, Breaking the Code (UK and Florida), Muswell Hill and the UK amateur première of Hello/Goodbye. Acting roles include Scrooge (A Christmas Carol), Poirot (Black Coffee), The Major (Separate Tables), Sir (The Dresser), Ken (Whose Life is it Anyway?), Frank (Educating Rita), Charles (Blithe Spirit), Sir Robert Morton (The Winslow Boy) and Henry (Peggy for You).