PARDON ME ALAN TURING
Samoa House TAP Studio, 283 Karangahape Road, Auckland
The Heyday Dome, BATS Theatre, Wellington
“If you want hard-hitting drama and to get into a serious discussion about LGBTI rights in both the past and present, watch Pardon me Alan Turing.” “the play is a must-see” – GayNZ.com
On the 6th July in New Zealand and 31st January 2017 in the UK, gay men were posthumously pardoned, but is it that easy? Is this what these men deserve? In this roller-coaster political comedy, the real question to be asked is, can the slate ever truly be wiped clean?
Following the successful development season at Te Pou Theatre for Pride 2017, ‘Pardon Me Alan Turing’ is back with avengence. Touring Auckland and Wellington Pride and New Zealand Fringe Festivals 2018, it asks how did we get to a pardon and has it made a difference for these men?
Here in New Zealand, the Ministry of Justice has never stated the total number of men convicted of homosexual conduct between 1867 to 1986 while the anti-sodomy law was in use. But it has catalogued 879 convictions from 1980 to 1986. With this many convictions in just 6 years, it is unfathomable how many people that may have been convicted over the whole 120 years of the anti-sodomy law. Many of these men are still technically guilty today, despite a law change. Why? They are too ashamed to apply and being guilty for so long, can the slate ever be truly wiped clean?
Pardon Me Alan Turing features an eccentric Alan Turing, flamboyant Oscar Wilde and their modern day prince, as they meet across the centuries to ask if there can ever been justice. They are joined by a host of other colourful characters in this roller-coaster political comedy with bite. The real questions to be asked though, is the law change the victory it seems? Is a pardon what these men deserve?
Directed by Patrick Graham, cast includes David Capstick (The Catch), Geoff Allen (Lord of the Rings, King Kong, Dark Knight) and Joseph Wycoff (This Giant Papier-Mache Boulder, Bombshell). Pardon Me Alan Turing runs from the 14th – 17th February at Samoa House, 283 Karangahape Road, Auckland and The Heyday Dome, BATS Theatre, Wellington. Tickets through iticket www.iticket.co.nz/events/2017/
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WHAT: PARDON ME ALAN TURING – Auckland Fringe Festival
WHERE: Samoa House TAP Studio, 283 Karangahape Road, Auckland
WHEN: Auckland 14th – 17th February at 7pm, Wellington 1st – 4th March at 9pm