A Clockwork Orange

You missed it! Volcano's "startling version" closed for 2012 on 21 April.

Congratulations to Mairi Phillips for her nomination for Best Female Performance in the English Language, and to Simon Thorne for his nomination for Best Music and Sound, in the first Theatre Critics of Wales Awards . The winners will be announced on 26 January, during a ceremony at Sherman Cymru.

Thank you to our wonderful cast and crew. A special mention to Paul Coldrick, who, over a UK-wide tour and a five-week London run, never once spilt the glass of milk on his head.

Volcano’s inspired satirical collage presents both crime and cure as swaggering acts of theatre [...] in Paul Davies's production, five horrorshow actors crunch into Burgess’s invented language [...] The movement, from Catherine Bennett, is unfailingly precise and inventive [...] Volcano catch our fear of our own children and the ways we fail them. 
The Sunday Times, 31 March 2012

"What's it going to be, then, eh?"

A Clockwork Orange was published fifty years ago, but 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? There is, at least, much pleasure to be had in being violent, drunk, drugged and debauched.

Volcano tackles Burgess's inventive, disturbing little masterpiece with choreographic skill and linguistic exuberance. A nasty little shocker, or a profound exploration of state power and free will? Beautifully designed, with extraordinary performances, 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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Directed by Paul Davies
Movement by Catherine Bennett
Design by Gudny Sigurdar
Film by Mariko Montpetit
Music by Simon Thorne
Original Lighting Design by Jack Ramplin
Cast: Paul Coldrick; Kyle Edward-Hubbard; Alex Moran; Mairi Phillips; Billy Rayner
A Radical Classic™ from Volcano Theatre Company
Photos by Phil Rees
Poster Design by Eureka!

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