In 1952, local character witness Max Newman told the Knutsford Sessions House that Alan Turing was not just a friend but a frequent visitor to his Bowdon house. Later it was Max’s wife Lyn who saw the biography written by Alan’s mother into print. How did Lyn and Max Newman come to play such a close role in Turing’s life? Jonathan Swinton and Emma Anderson will tell the story of that friendship.
Alan Turing is just one of the voices in this event that weaves together lives and loves across thirty years. Based on letters and diaries, with tales of transatlantic affairs, bitter marriages and sugar daddies, free sex and lovers of indeterminate nationality, this richly illustrated performance portrays the friends and lovers of Lyn Newman and her friend Molly Harrower, with readings from newly uncovered post-trial letters of Alan Turing, but also glimpses of Virginia Woolf and Sigmund Freud, John Maynard Keynes and Altrincham Market.
Life You Will Lose a Lover When I Die is a specially commissioned site-specific version of a show premiered at The Portico Manchester in June 2017.
- Friday 8 September: 15:15-16:45, with interval
No booking required
There will be a short interval. This event forms part of the ‘Salon’. Attendees are encouraged to arrive in good time before the event in order to enjoy the full performance.