Virtual reality theatre performance commemorates Alan Turing trial

The father of the modern computer is to be celebrated with a play and exhibition in Knutsford.

Pictured-from-Re-Dock-sitting-are-director-Hwa-Young-Jung-and-Tim-Brunsden-and-standing-Alex-Hewitt-and-Sam-Meech.jpg Pictured from Re Dock sitting are director Hwa Young Jung and Tim Brunsden and standing Alex Hewitt and Sam Meech.

Fifty years after the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality and changes to gay rights in 1967, the trial of mathematician and code-breaker, Alan Turing, is being interpreted as a live theatre performance and virtual reality exhibition in Knutsford.

The story of Turing’s trial is to be told at The Courthouse Hotel, Knutsford – the same building where he was sentenced to chemical castration 65 years ago, when it was known as the ‘Sessions Court’.

Re-Dock, the creative company which is putting on the live show and producing the virtual reality experience, is appealing for extras to appear in the filming of the performance to create the courtroom setting.

The company is also looking for a courtroom sketch artist to take a front-row seat at each of the performances.

Filming takes place at the Courthouse Hotel on Sunday, September 3 from 3pm.

There will be three performances: one on Friday, September 8 at 7pm and two on Saturday, September 9 at 2pm and 7pm. A virtual reality exhibition will also take place at the venue from September 7-10.

This is the first time that anyone has attempted to cover the trial in a live performance and the first time the subject has been explored in the setting where the trial took place.

Alan Turing was an English computer scientist and mathematician who worked as a code-breaker at Bletchley Park during the Second World War. He died in 1954, aged 41, from cyanide poisoning.

The theatre production is the centrepiece of the four-day event, hosted by Heritage Open Days, which runs from September 7-10.

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