Like Clock­work

It’s a novel, a movie and now A Clock­work Orange is be­ing played out in the­atre form at the Bro­ken Hill Ho­tel in Vic­to­ria Park.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Tanya MacNaughton

LIFE on Hold Pro­duc­tions di­rec­tor and ac­tor Sarah Christiner al­ready had four tat­toos com­mem­o­rat­ing pro­duc­tions that had been par­tic­u­larly mean­ing­ful to her.

There­fore, it seemed only fit­ting when she started work­ing on lat­est show

A Clock­work Orange that she would add to the col­lec­tion.

“I knew I would want a tat­too for this one, but wasn’t sure what,” Christiner, of Como, said. “6655321 is Alex DeLarge’s as­signed in­mate num­ber at Old Staja (prison).

“As I am play­ing Alex as his fu­ture self, it makes sense that I would bear this mark al­ready.”

Christiner got the num­ber tat­tooed on the back of her neck at 93 Tat­too Stu­dio in Vic­to­ria Park, close to the Bro­ken Hill Ho­tel where the pro­duc­tion will be per­formed.

She said she had no re­grets adding it to make 24 tat­toos in to­tal.

“Plenty of peo­ple have com­mented that it looks like a prison tat­too, so I’m pleased with that,” she said.

“If noth­ing else, it pro­vokes con­ver­sa­tion about the play and may help to

sell a few tick­ets.”

A Clock­work Orange has been a play that res­onated with Christiner since first read­ing the novel at 14 years old and blitz­ing her TEE English exam es­say on it.

She said a script ex­isted, but it was with mu­sic and quite stylised, so she had cho­sen to adapt the novel for the Life on Hold Pro­duc­tions sea­son.

“It is a fast-paced episodic play, span­ning about four years, very closely based on the novel and of­ten cycli­cal in na­ture,” Christiner said.

“The story is about man’s free will and what be­comes of us if that is taken away.

“This point is demon­strated with hy­per­bole, which does ren­der the play graphic and vi­o­lent at times and not suit­able for chil­dren un­der 15.

“As far as genre goes, we can al­most call it dystopian, but I be­lieve it also has el­e­ments of a com­ing-of-age story.

“It is a rep­re­sen­ta­tional dra­matic pro­duc­tion, in which we are very close to the au­di­ence, on two sides, but they will not be in­volved in the ac­tion.” A Clock­work Orange will run Oc­to­ber 17 to Novem­ber 2 with tick­ets at www.what­ kwork.

Pic­ture: David Baylis­mu­ni­ d487593

Sarah Christiner stars as Alex Delarge in A Clock­work Orange.

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