Five Reasons to See... Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork OrangeDate: 31 July 2010
Steve Green, artistic director of Fourth Monkey Theatre Company, tells us five reasons to see a new interpretation of Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange, which runs at The Space on the Mile from 6 to 21 August at 19.20
1. It breathes new life into a classic
Fourth Monkey create a fresh and original world for Anthony Burgess’ iconic tale, where established gender roles are turned on their heads and a darkly comic lawlessness abounds. The world in which this contemporary retelling of Clockwork takes place bears no resemblance to any before it – you’ll find no bowler hats here!
2. It’s not afraid to make a statement
Fourth Monkey have torn pages out of the rule book by casting Lee Strasberg graduate Amy Brangwyn in the lead role of Alex. This choice makes bold reference to the unreported prevalence of female gang culture in our modern society. Brangwyn’s performance takes the audience through a diverse range of emotions, and tensions are no doubt heightened by her apparent lack of sexual orientation. She lives in a sexually and morally ambiguous world in which cannot fail to impact upon an audience: Alex’s is definitely not a gentle journey of adolescent discovery.
3. It’s a feast for the eyes
Audiences will be treated to the exceptional and original steam punk inspired costumes of designer Rachel Maclachlan – some costumes have been sewn by the hands of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland design team.
4. The critics love it
During its sell-out London preview run, critics acknowledged the uncompromising, challenging and boldly expressive nature of the play, calling it “electric, seat gripping, eye flinching”.
5. Fourth Monkey doesn’t do black box theatre
This is a fringe production with beyond fringe values. No expense has been spared in the creation of this truly original environment: the inventive and expansive design encompasses lighting, set and costume and gives Burgess’ classic tale a new lease of life.
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