The life of Bletchley Park’s tortured genius and code-breaker Alan Turing is very much in the news thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch and his much award-nominated film The Imitation Game.
Now comes a revival of a stage play exploring his troubled life, premiering for the first time in the UK.
Snoo Wilson’s Lovesong Of The Electric Bear opening at Islington’s The Hope Theatre, next month.
Awoken from his deathbed by his favourite childhood teddy bear, Turing is led by the hand through the journey of his life, from glowing academia to New York drag bars, from triumph to disgrace.
Snoo Wilson’s Lovesong of the Electric Bear is an electrifying trip through the life of Alan Turing, the computer visionary and maths genius whose gifts made him the code-breaking hero of World War II but whose homosexuality led him to be vilified and persecuted by the Establishment.
Lovesong of the Electric Bear is a wonderfully imaginative, comic and moving play from one of British theatre’s great voices.
Snoo Wilson was one of a handful of playwrights who reinvented British theatre in the 1970s and ’80s. Together with Howard Brenton, David Hare and Tony Bicât he founded Portable Theatre Company, which presented his early work, including the still performed Pignight.
His other plays include The Pleasure Principle, The Glad Hand (Royal Court), The Soul of a White Ant, Vampire, The Number of the Beast, More Light, Darwin’s Flood (Bush Theatre), The Beast (RSC), Orpheus in the Underworld (ENO) and Reclining Nude with Black Stockings (Arcola).
Following his sudden death last year the many obituaries honouring both the man and the playwright confirmed that, at their exuberant, inventive and utterly original best, Snoo’s plays deserved their place in the country’s history of post-war playwriting.
Producer Cas Hodges worked with Snoo in 2010 and spoke to him about staging the play shortly before his death last year to which Snoo replied: “NEVER performed in England – to my dismay.”
Directed by Matthew Parker Lovesong Of The Electric Bear runs from February 24 – Mar 21.
Contains nudity. Suitable for 16+.