Turing: the codebreaker

Breaking The Code looks at the life of Alan Turing.
Breaking The Code looks at the life of Alan Turing.

The Giffnock Theatre Players will perform Hugh Whitmore’s play which looks at the life or Alan Turing — Breaking The Code.

Turing came to prominence for his work at Bletchley Park during World War II.

Turing, who became known as the ‘father of modern computing’, was integral to cracking Germany’s Enigma code and cutting the length of the war by several years.

But life for Alan Turing was difficult as he was not only a genius, but he was a homosexual at a time when any such practice and lifestyle was against the law.

Turing was arrested by the police and given an option of jail time or chemical castration.

He chose the latter, but later opted to commit suicide by eating a poisoned apple.

Hugh Whitmore’s Breaking The Code concentrates on three key parts of Turing’s life: his childhood friendship with another boy, his work at Bletchley Park, where he soared as a codebreaker, and his ultimate fall from grace when he was prosecuted for his homosexuality.

But his crowing glory was undoubtedly his work cracking the uncrackable Enigma code during World War II.

Of Whitmore’s play, Lynn Gardiner wrote in The Guardian: “It is intelligent, multi-layered in its examination of loyalty and expediency, and full of understated passion. And any play that can make mathematics sexy definitely gets my vote.”

The Giffnock Theatre Players will stage their production of Breaking The Code at Eastwood Park Theatre in Giffnock from Wednesday, February 10 until Saturday, February 13 at 7.30pm with a Saturday matinee at 2.30pm.

Tickets are priced at £15 with a £13 concession ticket available and discounts for group bookings.

For more information, visit www.giffnocktheatreplayers.com.