Review: A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
THE Nottingham New Theatre’s production of A Clockwork Orange is a tornado of thoroughly uncomfortable viewing; to its credit!
This powerful production opens in a storm of violence and emotion upheld throughout by the ten-strong cast. Directed by Nadia Amico and Alex Mawby, their clever eye makes for some bold and beautiful stage choreography which works and works well.
The outstandingly talented Richard Hill inhabits the Anti-hero Alex with an acutely provocative portrayal of the ‘rabid’ Droog.’ During Tuesday night’s performance he intemperately lashed the audience with his malevolent depth, rage and yet empathy evoking characterisation. His performance was truly outstanding and he captivated without flaw.
The play, as expected, makes for uneasy viewing and at times very uneasy viewing. The concerningly convincing Alex delivers a gamut of delinquency, groans of pain and displays violent irreverence and disregard for all held true.
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The Chaplain played by Eoin Buckley adds a humorous but thought provoking element to proceedings with a teeny weeny touch of the Father Ted, not to detract in anyway from this chap’s talent; it was very effective.
For those unfamiliar with the story; the play takes a delinquent young man and clinically conditions the violence from him, but the brutality of this act itself poses the question; ‘does a man who cannot choose cease to be a man?’
I enjoyed the frenzied opening gaggle of chaos with Nick Slater as Georgie, Phil Damms as Dim and Sam Peake as Pete. The three interchanged a number or roles with ease and added the requisite mischief and humour in the right dose. All gave stunning multiple performances as did Lucy Dollman who delighted in each and every character she stepped into.
So if you fancy stepping out of your comfort zone into the hullabaloo of the refreshing then make sure you go and see this production, you won’t be disappointed. You will be thoroughly entertained and challenged.
Tonight doors open again tonight at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 start and the play runs until Saturday March 22.
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