Feb. 1st, 2006

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Now I meant to update after Masquerade, really I did, but life and excessive busyness got in the way. For I am acting again, and not just Shakespeare:

For verily in the dim distant past of 2005 there were auditions for a play, and that play featured a mathematician, yea even a Cambridge mathematician, yea even a gay Cambridge mathematician, and the director in his wisdom decided who better to play such a part than, well, a gay Cambridge mathematician, namely, me.

And so it came to pass that I was cast as Alan Turing in the play Breaking the Code about the life mathematical, sexual and tragical of that mathematician featuring his breaking of the German Enigma code, his invention of the computer, and his relationships with unsuitable young men. Indeed, the ideal part.

There followed much rehearsing and line learning and such, and all of a sudden I realise the the play opens a week tomorrow, and the nerves begin to set in. This is by far my largest part ever. I hardly leave the stage during the play, and have roughly half of the lines, including some megalithic speeches. This has made rehearsing it exhausting, exhilarating, but at times frustrating, but soon it will be on, and soon it will be over.

So if you happen to be free over the next two weeks come and see it. It runs Thursday 9th - Saturday 18th at the Progress Theatre here in sunny Reading. All details at their website.


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