Most people will know A Clockwork Orange from Kubrick’s notorious 1971 film adaptation. Famously disliked by the author Anthony Burgess, who reworked his literary masterpiece for the stage in the 1980s, this is his nightmare, dystopian vision of a society overrun by violent gangs and brutal punishment by an autocratic government.

Director Nick Bagnall realises Burgess brilliantly stylized stage adaptation for a modern age with a magnetic performance by George Caple, as anti-hero Alex, a violent, charismatic 14-year old.

Alex and his cohort of ‘droogs’ spend their days drinking moloko (drug laced milk), hunting for violent thrills and listening to ‘lovely Ludwig van’. Their language – a bewildering mix of slang, poetry and Russian – can take a bit of getting used to. But stick with it, it’s worth it.

Soon enough Alex finds himself in prison, where he volunteers for an experimental form of aversion therapy. A guinea pig for a treatment that removes his free will and capacity for ‘the old ultraviolence’.  

It’s another uncompromising, vivid production by the Everyman Company. A gripping exploration of the morality of free will, realized by a talented company of actors, with balletic choreography, unsettling set design and superb live musical arrangement.

A Clockwork Orange is running at Everyman Theatre until Thursday 12th July 2018. Tickets available here.

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