Alan Turing – A Musical Biography

Musicals and Opera (musical theatre, historical)

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    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
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Description

Alan Turing – A Musical Biography. This intriguing new musical, composed by Joel Goodman and Jan Osborne, is a journey through the extraordinary life of Alan Turing. It presents experiences of paramount importance such as the loss of his closest friend, Alan’s role in the Second World War as well as his struggle with society’s unjust view of homosexuality. This biographical account is narrated by Andrea, the fictitious author of Alan Turing’s biography. Alan’s dialogue is directly taken from historical letters that he wrote to his friends, colleagues and his mother.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: The audience enter the venue from Merchant Street, with the box office located on street level. 3 steps or a lift provide access to the upper foyer, with snack bar and toilets on this level. The space is located immediately off the upper foyer, with one row of seats on the same level. A shallow rake provides additional seating.
  • Wheelchair access type: Platform Lift

  • Stairs: 2 - 5
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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simon 35 days ago

I found this show touching and engaging. I thought the use of Alan Turing's letters worked very well and the songs developed themes that came out of the letters.
The performances were good, convincing and the actors delivered the musical numbers well.

Denise Wilkinson 37 days ago

Wasn’t sure what to expect but it was a different approach telling an abbreviated version of the story of Alan Turing.
It was well done and I think further development of the “musical “ will be worth while following up on

Mason King 37 days ago

Absolutely wonderful performances this morning from Joe Bishop and Shania Grace-Thompson. This is a fantastic educational piece of theatre regarding a story that really deserves to be told which is why shows like this are so important.
The writer and composer Joel Goodman has clearly spent a great deal of time and effort researching the life of Alan Turing, paying attention to detail to ensure correct quotes from Alan were used throughout the show.
I understand an even more refined version of this show will be returning to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival next year. If you didn’t get along this year then I highly recommend you do next year, I for one will also be looking forward to that too!

Alex, Perthshire 37 days ago

Loved this show...Difficult to cram into one hour all that Alan Turing did and endured however hope to see, as promised by one of the writers, an extended show during next years Fringe...His story deserves to be known by so many people.

Forest Squirrel 38 days ago

This is such an amazing show, wonderful production in so many ways! The acting, singing, music, and overall performance of actors is absolutely magical. The performance was moving, delightful, and so connected to the text.
All songs are beautiful and take the audience into emotional journey through Alan's life. Whilst the story of Alan Turing was well known to me, I wasn't aware of some facts which were presented in the show. Thank you Joel for producing such an amazing musical, you truly deserve 5 starts for it!! Hope to see more of your productions next year!

Lesley Elder 40 days ago

Our group of ten friends thought this show was fantastic. It was a moving, beautifully sung tribute to Alan Turing who was treated abysmally by society. Joel Goodman’s music and lyrics were amazing and brought us a greater understanding of Alan’s life and situation. I highly recommend seeing this musical.

Pete and Viv 40 days ago

Certainly different, the idea of Alan Turing's life as a musical, we wasn't sure what to expect.
The show was absolutely fantastic, tracing the life of this brilliant man through his own letters.
If you can get a ticket for this sell out show you won't be disappointed otherwise let's hope it gets to London...

Resolve Productions 41 days ago

With an excellent musical score, Early Morning Productions tells the tale of Alan Turing through a new lens. The musical performances carry the story in a way which is interesting, informative, and touching.

Elena Mazzon 41 days ago

This is a wonderful musical on an extraordinary man. The story and the (original) music are beautifully wrought, the acting and singing is superb. I loved it and I cannot wait to see where the musical will go!

Anita Skates 41 days ago

This was a well written show which kept us engaged throughout. Both performers were excellent and conveyed the story with feeling. The music is beautifully written particularly the song which used the words from the letter written by Alan Turing on the death of his friend. Well worth seeing.

Stan 41 days ago

Well done to all those involved in directing and producing the show based on the life of Alan Turing.
The Pathos in which this was delivered really helped to enlighten the audience about the life of Alan Turing and the sad way In which his life came to an end.
Joe Hill’sTuring and Zoe Cooke’s as the reader of letters written by Turing all came together well to enlighten the audience about a topic that they may not have Known before. Big thumbs up to the creators and show’s directors, Joel Goodman and Janî Osborne. I left feeling that pI understood so much more how Alan suffered as a gay man in a world where his contribution during the Second world war was immense
Stan

Michael T 41 days ago

I was lucky enough to book a ticket for the now sold out run of this show quite early: Alan Turing's life is fantastic material for a musical, and this production cleverly mixes a story set in the present day with Alan Turing's story set in the past. The two performers are great singers and with their vocal skills brilliantly bring the beautiful original score (with lovely harmonies) to life. At the end, we are told by the composers that they are working on additional material for the show, and I'm already excited for the next version of the musical!

Anna Haworth 41 days ago

Really enjoyed this show - highly informative about Turing’s tremendous achievements and his tragic end. Performed with great verve and empathy.

The Inds 43 days ago

We were underwhelmed by this production. We felt there was little variety in the music with no stand-out songs. It was hard to see how making it a musical, or the character of the narrator, added to the script. It didn't draw us in, and lacked pace and depth. We are not great experts on Alan Turing, but felt this show did not add to our knowledge, beyond learning he was a great runner. We thought the running song was good, though, and enjoyed hearing his letters read. The two actors performed well, especially when singing in harmony. Overall, though, we would not recommend this musical.

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Musical Theatre Review (3/5 stars) 36 days ago

There is huge interest in Turing’s story (the show pretty much sold out its run) and this show does well in telling some interesting parts of the jigsaw.

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Lost in Theatreland (4/5 stars) 44 days ago

this production is a beautiful tribute to an extraordinary person

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