Review: A Clockwork Orange, Nottingham New Theatre
Nottingham New Theatre claims it’s the only 100% student run theatre in Nottingham.
But when the lights came up at the end of Tuesday night’s performance of A Clockwork Orange, you would never have guessed that such a compelling, dark and emotional tale had been told by a band of just ten student actors.
A well known film which started out life as a book, A Clockwork Orange is about Alex, a young man full of rage and violence who is mercilessly tamed by Dr. Brodsky’s evil techniques, leaving the audience with a moral dilemma - is it better for a person to choose to bad or be conditioned to be good?
With Orwellian undertones, the show runs to a little less than two hours and never once flags, the youthful cast bringing vigour and energy to every scene.
Star of the show is undeniably the outstanding Richard Hill, who plays the lead character Alex. Indeed, highlight of the night came when, subjected to Dr. Bordsky’s wrath, the audience winced at just how physical Hill’s performance became as he writhed in agony at the mental torment Alex was suffering.
The small cast interchanged seamlessly and melded into each of their individual subsidiary roles with ease, the only female cast member Lucy Dollman particularly impressive in her plethora of roles, from Dr. Branom to Alex’s elderly mother.
The University of Nottingham can be extremely proud of its production and if you get the chance to see this, or any other shows, grasp it.