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#1 paplazaroo

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 07:09 AM

Not sure if this should be in fringe but I thought I'd start a thread about this new musical playing at the New Diorama. It's about the life of Alan Turing, saw it last night, really moving and very funny in parts! Richard Delaney who played Turing was fantastic and his mother played by Judith Paris was a powerhouse!  Plus it's a nice little venue that somehow slipped my radar. Definitely worth checking out!

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 08:02 AM

I liked it too Pap, thought the music was odd at first but it grew on me, kind of reminded me of Weill, lots of plonky piano. Liked the way the score grew to include strings toward the end. Lots of take home imagery also,  'building the bomb' was a highlight but lots of slick movement. It's good to see a musical take influence from the likes of Complicite and other contemporary companies. Definitely for lovers of good theatre, Mamma Mia this ain't!

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 08:09 AM

Not that Mamma Mia isn't good, before the die hards pile in, maybe should have used Viva Forever

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 08:51 AM

Here's our podcast episode discussing The Universal Machine:

0337: The Universal Machine
MusicalTalk - The UK's Musical Theatre Podcast
http://www.musicaltalk.co.uk

#5 paplazaroo

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 09:16 AM

Thanks for that MT! I listened when it came out, it's what made me want to see it, fascinating interview and well worth listening to! Have you guys seen it yet? I'd be interested in your thoughts

#6 dallardice

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 04:12 PM

Thanks for the pointers on this - had passed me by completely, as had the venue, despite the fact that I don't live far away!  I find Turing a fascinating character so am looking forward to this a lot... booked for 4 May.

#7 paplazaroo

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 05:15 PM

Awesome, hope you enjoy it! Let us know what you think

#8 xanderl

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Posted 22 April 2013 - 07:27 AM

Sounds really interesting but I have no spare dates :(
"witty ... both made me laugh but also gave me pause" - Mark Shenton, The Stage




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