A Clockwork Orange
From: Wednesday, 21st March 2012
To: Saturday, 21 April 2012
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The same story as the film, barred by the Director (Stanley Kubrick) from being shown in the UK due to death threats he received. Not suitable for children. A controversial and violent tale about choices. Alex gets his kicks by raping and fighting his way around a future city with his gang of droogs, fired up by drugs secreted in their favourite drink of milk. When he gets caught, he chooses the quick way out - being programmed to behave in a non-violent manner. Burgess's cult allegory of free will, adapted from the novella, in all its urban darkness.
28 March 2012
Marking the 50th anniversary of Anthony Burgess’ infamous novel, Volcano Theatre have tackled the problem of its overfamiliarity head on, splintering the characters and narrative to give us a good look at the gears and springs that have kept it ticking for so long.
Kubrick’s film and Burgess’ own self-defeating stage adaptation have been discarded; this is a tussle with the book itself. Five performers tear through the novel in less than 90 minutes, throwing dance, video projections, spoken word and any other theatrical tool they can lay their hands on into the mix. There’s no doubting the company’s dedication and imagination, but what is left over is a rather toothless beast, a hodge podge of so-so ideas straining to hold together and keep an audience’s attention.
Volcano put the novel, rather than Alex, at the centre of things: Burgess’ charismatic serial-rapist is shared out among the company, the anti-hero is all of th...
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Ed Marabac - 29 March 2012:
"exploding against the text like a firework stuffed with razor blades" That's exactly what it was like. God I was looking for the words the other day, but they wouldn't come - here now though you've found them. The image came to you. It was the razor blade filled firework. Of course. Great writing. ...