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The classic Anthony Burgess novel A Clockwork Orange will come to life at the Broken Hill Hotel in Victoria Park this October.
Director Sarah Christiner adapted the text to the stage with the help of co-writer Connor Carlyle, who will play the main role of an adult Alex, who narrates the show as he looks back on his past.
For those who haven’t read the book or seen the film, A Clockwork Orange details the experiences of Alex DeLarge (played by Carlyle in the adaptation), a young sadistic gang leader who narrates his violent behaviours and run-ins with authorities who are intent on reforming him, all set in a future dystopian-like Britain.
Alex is imprisoned and rehabilitated through severe conditioning, which doesn’t quite go as planned. After the treatment, Alex no longer has the free will to engage in violent acts or basic human pleasures, and cannot choose his actions.
Christiner said the story has often been misconstrued as being about violence in youth culture, but Burgess was simply using hyperbole to illustrate his point.
“If you take away a man’s right to choose his actions, do you take away his humanity?” she said, in a recent release.
Christiner said their adaptation is faithful to the original text and different from the adaptation already in existence.
Although she has been involved in theatre since 2003, the show will be the debut of Christiner’s production company, Life on Hold Productions, and means a lot to the director.
“Burgess’ work has resonated with me since I was about 14 and being able to bring the story to life with such a strong team is not something teenage me would ever have imagined.”
A Clockwork Orange plays at 7.30pm from October 17 to November 2. Tickets are $25, $20 concession, and are available at www.whatson.com.au/clockwork.
Please note: the play is strictly 18+ and features graphic content, violence, drug and sexual references, nudity and strobe lighting.