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Scottish Youth Theatre

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BA Acting presents A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess


Growing up in the early eighties, I felt, as many did, that there wasn’t much hope for future blissful employment and as I traversed jobs as a librarian, a baker, a bricklayers labourer and a retail manager to name but I few, the feeling grew that if anything was going to happen for me, I was going to have to do something radical. It was the era of Norman Tebbit’s metaphorical ‘bike’ that we – useless, shiftless teenagers that were ruining the numbers for everyone – needed to ‘get on’. It was also a time of ‘video nasties’. Films that were deemed too depraved and mind altering for our ongoing safety.

When we think about ‘A Clockwork Orange’ we think about Stanley Kubrick’s film, which he himself banned following threats on the lives his family. If anyone wanted to see it they had to buy a dodgy VHS copy in Camden Market but the picture was so terrible it was hard to watch without fiddling with the tracking every 10 seconds. As a cineaste I am a massive Stanley Kubrick fan but I don’t like ‘A Clockwork Orange’. Because of the lack of availability of the book one had to buy the thin book to get a taste of what all the excitement was about. The reason I’m not enamoured of the film or caught up in all the excitement about it is because I feel the myth surrounding the film (which seems terribly dated) has warped the meaning of the book.

That is why I am drawn to this play, written by Burgess himself, almost as an attempt to exorcise the film in the minds of a new generation.

The play is powerfully frightening to me. Because I sense the growing paranoia that comes with having cause to not what we are told by our ‘leaders’. The concerns we have for our children’s future being swayed by the concerns of the establishment to preserve some mythical value. The trend to fix things without understanding the fault. The trend to ignore the discoveries we make and the truths we find because they don’t fit with our desired path.

A Clockwork Orange takes place in a futuristic country like our own governed by a repressive, totalitarian super-state. In this society, ordinary citizens have fallen into a passive stupor of complacency, blind to the insidious growth of a rampant, violent youth culture. The protagonist of the story is Alex, a fifteen-year-old boy who narrates in a teenage slang called nadsat, which incorporates elements of Russian and Cockney English. Alex leads a small gang of teenage criminals—Dim, Pete, and Georgie—through the streets, indiscriminately robbing, raping and beating men and women. Alex and his friends spend the rest of their time at the Korova Milk Bar, an establishment that serves milk laced with Drugs.


By arrangement with David Higham

This production contains adult content.


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