Review by: Marie Humble
Walking into the People’s Theatre I had no idea what to expect with this play but I wasn’t disappointed. Breaking the Code is a play that follows the true story of Alan Turing, who broke the German Enigma Code during World War Two which saved thousand of lives. Although, he faced problems with the law due to being homosexual, which was illegal at the time.
Richard Jack played Alan Turing and no one could help but love this character the moment he walked on the stage. Alan was an awkward but witty character who brought us into his world of mathematics and problem solving. I was incredibly impressed at the amount of lines that Richard Jack had to remember and they were delivered so naturally. As well as having to play a younger Alan – at which he did a fantastic job – I loved the dynamic between Alan and his boss Mr Knox (Steve Robertson) who left the audience roaring with laughter after their scenes together. However, there was one scene that I particularly loved, when Alan comes out as homosexual to his mother. I could feel all the emotions that were running through their characters at that moment as though I was watching them like a fly on the wall.
Throughout, Alan invited us into his world of mathematics but would always explore a deeper meaning. For example, in a scene with the detective Mick Ross (Richard Gardner) he explained to him that not everything in life was “black and white”, which I think summed up perfectly the message of this story. The chemistry between Alan and Christopher was portrayed so well, it really showed the injustices that LGBT people faced at the time and hit home at the fact that it still happens in other societies today.
Overall, I throughly enjoyed this play and I was lucky to be able to see so much talent, with particular mention to Richard Jack, Richard Gardner, Adam Kadow, Eileen Davidson, Nathan Hussain, Andrew De’Ath, Steve Robertson, Rachel Scott and more. I think it’s important to have plays like Breaking the Code which give important people in history the recognition that they deserve,as well as shedding light on the importance of acceptance of the LGBT community. It was a very moving play that I haven’t stopped thinking about since. I would highly recommend seeing this play if you get the chance to, you will not be disappointed either.