A Clockwork Orange
The Lowry, Manchester
Reviewed by Karina Daniels
This production of Anthony Burgess’ ‘A Clockwork Orange’ by Action to the Word tells the story of Alex de Large and his Droogs through dance using an all-male cast. From the outset it is overtly sexual, violent and disturbing and loses none of the edge of the original story, depicting teenage disillusionment and disaffection. Using both classical and contemporary music, the production is full of energy and is excellently choreographed. Martin McCreadie manages to portray the human beneath the violent criminal, so that it is difficult not to feel sympathy for him when he is used as a guinea pig in a psychological experiment to alter his personality.
I liked the simple set and the monochrome colour-scheme, offset by flashes of orange. The raw sexual content was relieved by camp comic moments so there were a few laughs too. This show was exciting and thought provoking, I would recommend it.
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