Now on at the Theatre Royal Stratford East until October 1, is a modern reinterpretation of Anthony Burgess‘ cult novel A Clockwork Orange, as New York writers Ed DuRanté (words) and Fred Carl (music) “return to the original source of Anthony Burgess’ book and importantly, his last chapter of redemption and hope.”

Playwright and filmmaker Ed DuRanté adds, “A Clockwork Orange has given us the opportunity to explore a classic piece of literature and use it to comment on the challenges that are faced by the Black community, but at the same time speaks to the broader society about every person’s responsibility for their own actions.”

“The last chapter of A Clockwork Orange, which was omitted from the first American editions of the novel and does not appear in Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film, was an important reason why we accepted the commission from Theatre Royal Stratford East. It’s exciting to work with the venue on this piece,” says composer and musical director Fred Carl.

As the 50 year anniversary of the iconic novel approaches, originally released in 1962, this re-imagining is directed by Dawn Reid, Associate Director of the Theatre Royal Stratford East with Jonzi D as Movement Director.

SoulCulture has five pairs of tickets available for our readers to go and see A Clockwork Orange in London for free this week! Read on for more information about the play and fill out our competition form.

This iconic story influenced and inspired rock stars and artists from The Rolling Stones and David Bowie to Andy Warhol and, of course, Stanley Kubrick, who made the famous film. Anthony Burgess’s novel has had a world-wide audience since its publication in 1962 and raises questions that are still relevant today – how do communities deal with young people committing violent acts; and are we responsible for our choices?

When intelligent, irreverent Alex’s ultra-violent lifestyle catches up with him, he is imprisoned and entered into a punishing government experiment called The Technique, aimed at ending all crime. Finding himself in an unexpected and life-altering personal horror show leads him to make a choice: redemption or downfall?

In this new adaptation, writer Ed DuRanté perfectly captures Burgess’ unique use of language and style which, married by a rich contemporary score by Fred Carl, brings fresh resonance to this modern classic. The piece is set in an imaginary place which connects the UK and USA and uses a unique style of language and music that transcend both locations. Married with a rich, contemporary score that draws from groove-based styles like blues, R&B, rap, neo Soul and jazz, this promises to bring fresh resonance to a modern classic.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to see A Clockwork Orange at Theatre Royal Statford East this week, simply fill out the form below stating your preferred date; between September 6 – 12.

Competition is open to SoulCulture subscribers only; entering this competition automatically adds you to our mailing list, from which you are free to un-subscribe at any time. Competition closes September 10, 2011 at 6pm GMT, winners will be informed by email.

A Clockwork Orange will be performed from Saturday 3 September – Saturday 1 October 2011.
Tickets: £20 / £15 and £10 concessions (Tues – Thurs until 22 Sept); £22 / £17 concessions (Fri and Sat eves & last week of run);
Showtime: 7.30pm evening performances, 2.30pm matinees
There will be Saturday matinees on 24 September and 1 October.
Box office: 020 8534 0310 /

Special Offer: Pay what you want Saturday 17 September 2.30pm. Available to Newham residents who have never been to see a show at Theatre Royal Stratford East before. Call 020 8534 0310 and quote Pay what you want when booking – tickets must be booked in advance and proof of residence must be shown on collection of tickets.

Photo credit: Darren Hart, Raphael Sowole, Ashley Hunter and Sonny Muslim by Robert Day