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The Hope Theatre presents a European Premiere


The story of Alan Turing: Genius. War hero. Deviant.

Awoken from his deathbed by his favourite childhood teddy bear, Turing is led by the hand through the journey of his life, from glowing academia to New York drag bars, from triumph to disgrace. Snoo Wilson’s Lovesong of the Electric Bear is an epic, psychedelic and electrifying trip through the life of Alan Turing, the computer visionary and maths genius whose gifts made him the code-breaking hero of World War II, but whose homosexuality led him to betrayal and vilification by the very establishment who had depended on him for victory.

“Nothing is stronger than this love, for I am nothing indeed without you, Master”

Lovesong of the Electric Bear is a wonderfully imaginative, comic and moving play from one of British theatre’s great voices. The production is directed by The Hope Theatre’s Artistic Director Matthew Parker in association with acclaimed Resident Company, DogOrange.

Snoo Wilson was one of a handful of playwrights who reinvented British theatre in the 1970’s and 80’s. Together with Howard Brenton, David Hare and Tony Bicât he founded Portable Theatre Company, which presented his early work, including the still performed Pignight. His other plays include The Pleasure Principle, The Glad Hand (Royal Court), The Soul of a White Ant, Vampire, The Number of the Beast, More Light, Darwin's Flood (Bush Theatre), The Beast (RSC), Orpheus in the Underworld (ENO) and more recently Reclining Nude with Black Stockings (Arcola Theatre). Following his sudden death last year the many obituaries honouring both the man and the playwright, confirmed that, at their exuberant, inventive and utterly original best, Snoo’s plays deserve their place in the country’s history of post-war playwriting. “He encouraged audiences to go on a rollercoaster ride into the beyond, albeit with engaging and recognisable characters. It was not whimsy. He was a one-off, quite unlike any other dramatist.”
Dusty Hughes, The Guardian,
DogOrange producer Cas Hodges worked with Snoo in 2010 and spoke to him about staging Lovesong of the Electric Bear shortly before his death last year to which Snoo replied “NEVER performed in England - to my dismay.” This production is dedicated to Snoo who, so often writing of other visionary geniuses, such as Alan Turing, was himself a visionary of theatrical magic. So this is for you, Snoo, as we celebrate the double visionary genius of you and Alan Turing. 

Press for previous productions

“Brilliant, absurdist theatre sparkling at every angle... this is intoxicating, mind-blowing”
✭✭✭✭✭ What’s On London

“Unmissable… The strongest fringe theatre show I have seen in a long, long time”
✭✭✭✭✭ Everything Theatre

“Dark, lyrical, and haunting… Catch this while you can.”
✭✭✭✭✭ What’s Peen Seen

“An imaginative and dynamic production, realised with passion and wit"
✭✭✭✭ - Time Out CRITIC’S CHOICE

“a fantastically intense and thought-provoking piece”
✭✭✭✭ - The British Theatre Guide

(Contains scenes of nudity. Suitable for 18+)
Official Review by Christine Stanton, read now
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Thomas Attwood
Associate Producer
Cas Hodges
Tom Kitney
Lighting Designer

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