Shaw will transport the court records from the trial Regina v Turing
and Murray (for gross indecency) in 1952 from Chester to Knutsford next
week as part of a four-day celebration of the life and work of the
mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing.
TV ‘judge’ and Strictly 2016 contestant Rob Rinder will read from the
records during a salon-style event at the town’s Courthouse Hotel – the
site of the original 1952 trial at the Sessions Court – prior to a
re-enactment of the actual event by artist Hwa Young Jung and creative
Adam, who has worked at Cheshire Record Office in Duke Street for
three years, said: “The records will also be on display at Brook Street
Chapel throughout the festival, where they will be available to view.”
v Turing and Murray is part of a collaboration with SHIFT (Cheshire
East Council) and The Courthouse Hotel, supported by the Knutsford
This innovative piece of work fuses
drama, heritage and virtual reality to enable participants to explore
different viewpoints of the trial and of Turing’s work.
This is the first time that an artist has attempted to cover the
trial in a live performance and the first time that the subject has been
explored in the place where it all happened.
It is one of four
Unsung Stories which will take place as part of Heritage Open Days in
the UK between September 7-10, coordinated centrally by the National
Trust with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. […]
Recognised for his role in helping crack the German Enigma code
during the Second World War, Alan Turing’s vital contribution to the
Allied campaign was brought to life in the Oscar-winning film The
Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. In 1952 Turing was prosecuted for homosexual acts with a young man, Arnold Murray, when such acts were criminal in the UK. Following
his conviction for gross indecency he agreed to experimental chemical
castration instead of a prison sentence, following which he took his own
life. The sentence was eventually repealed and Turing was given a posthumous Royal Pardon after a major campaign in 2013.
v Turing and Murray is at the Courthouse Hotel in Knutsford on Friday,
September 8 at 7pm and Saturday, September 9 at 2pm and 7pm.The event is free but booking is essential via www.shift-digital.co.uk .