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14th November 2013

Preview: A Clockwork Orange

Josephine Lane previews Action to the Word’s new physical theatre interpretation of ‘A Clockwork Orange’ at the Lowry

Almost fifty years after the publication of Anthony Burgess’s infamous novella, A Clockwork Orange returns to its author’s native Manchester in the form of an all-male physical theatre piece. The story (for those of you who have been living under a rock and don’t know it), set in a surreal dystopian future, tells the story of Alex and his Droogs, who turn to ultra-violence in order to deal with the tedium of adolescence. Alex’s charm and charisma make him a protagonist worth following, despite his extreme flaws. Despite the book’s non-specific setting in a dystopian future, the company have set their performance in Manchester, no doubt realizing that the themes of violence, crime and punishment are still relevant in this city today.


The show was born on the London Fringe and premiered at the Camden Proud Galleries. It then went on to sell-out run at the Edinburgh Festival before returning to London for a run at the Soho Theatre. The company have just finished their tour of Australia and are now on their UK tour before heading to Hong Kong. The play has received much critical acclaim and will undoubtedly be a whirlwind 90 minutes for any audience member. The story is an intense and  fascinating psychological journey whose with universally-relevant themes. So come on nadsats, come down to the Lowry this week, have a glass of molokos, you’re in for a real horrorshow raskazz.

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