A Clockwork Orange at the Arcola Theatre

Volcano present A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, at the Arcola Theatre, east London, from 21 Mar 2012 - 21 Apr 2012.

Directed by Paul Davies, lighting by Jack Ramplin, design by Gudny Sigurdar, music by Simon Thorne, film by Mariko Montpetit, movement by Catherine Bennett.

Cast Includes Paul Coldrick, Kyle Edward-Hubbard, Alex Moran, Mairi Phillips, Billy Rayner.

50 years after Anthony Burgess’s landmark novel was published, its portrait of a corrupt state, a bankrupt civil society, and a populace in fear of feral youth seems urgently familiar. In a world like this, how are the nation's young people to behave? A nasty little shocker, or a profound exploration of state power and free will? This production stays true to Burgess's original in its cut-throat inventiveness and in its insistence on the question of whether it is better to be forced to be good, or to be free to do evil.

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