Cracking the code in ‘stunning’ production

Alan Turing play That is All You Need to Know, at  Cast
Alan Turing play That is All You Need to Know, at Cast

The story of the wartime code-breakers at Bletchley Park is being brought to the stage in what is described as a stunning piece of visual theatre.

The play takes the audience back to 1940s England and the melting pot of some of Britain’s greatest minds in an eccentric country house. Bletchley Park was filled with chess champions, Oxbridge graduates and young debutantes.

Among them was the visionary Alan Turing, recently portrayed in The Imitation Game, the exceptional Gordon Welchman and thousands of dynamic women, whose work was the hidden heroism of the war.

Idle Motion are one of the country’s leading visual theatre companies who combine stagecraft with video projection.

The play was prompted by the team at Idle Motion discovering the tragic story of Alan Turing, the man who broke the Nazi Enigma code but was prosecuted for his homosexuality in 1952 and died prematurely. He was finally posthumously pardoned in 2013.

Following research into Turing’s incredible work during the Second World War at Bletchley Park and visits to the site itself, Idle Motion realised that Bletchley Park was full of astounding stories and people.

That Is All You Need to Know incorporates correspondence, including Alan Turing’s 1952 “Yours in distress” letter to his friend and fellow mathematician Norman Routledge shortly before pleading guilty to gross indecency, and voice overs of interviews with veterans who worked there during the war from the Bletchley Park archives .

The show is touring and is at Cast in Doncaster on Wednesday June 17. for bookings: Tel 01302 303959 or Cast in Doncaster