With deeply philosophical, complex dialogue at points, playwright Freddy Syborn gives the audience numerous interesting ideas to contemplate both during and after the show (one of them providing a particularly strong opening to the performance). Unfortunately, due to the depth and breadth of the content covered, the narrative feels rushed. Alan Turing’s development of computer science and his work as a code-breaker during World War Two is nodded towards but never fully developed upon. For a show which seems to endorse the notion of triumph of human devotion over cold, hard machines, the cast are all at times a little stiff and robotic. The production was smooth and clearly well-rehearsed, but this young company remain promising rather than fulfilling.
C, 3-26 Aug (not 13), 2.00pm.
tw rating 2/5 | [Stephanie Taylor]