JINDALEE pizza delivery driver Jacob Lane is helping to bring the classic Anthony Burgess novel A Clockwork Orange to life this October.
Presented by Life on Hold Productions, the stage adaptation is the brainchild of director Sarah Christiner who set up the production company and co-wrote the script with Connor Carlyle.
A Clockwork Orange chronicles the experience of Alex DeLarge (played by Carlyle), a young man enjoying a debauched life until he gets his comeuppance and is rehabilitated by severe conditioning.
After treatment, Alex can no longer choose his actions and is prohibited from performing violent acts but also from enjoying basic human pleasures.
Lane plays a character simply known as “the actor”.
“He has quite a pivotal role in the play,” he said.
“The actor tortures Alex to prove the rehabilitation experiment has been successful.
“The actor is very vicious and spiteful – everything he says and does to Alex is venomous and comes from a place of pure hatred for both Alex and people like him.
“The scene is quite a physical one and I’m always a bit worried I could injure Connor, who plays Alex, as I torture him.”
Appearing in plays and musicals while at high school, A Clockwork Orange marks Lane’s first production since then.
“I had only ever heard of A Clockwork Orange from the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film and I was interested in seeing it performed theatrically,” he said.
“I’m also a fan of Kubrick’s other films such as The Shining, Doctor Strangelove and Full Metal Jacket.”
Director Sarah Christiner, who also plays the main role of adult Alex, said A Clockwork Orange had often been misconstrued as being about violence in youth culture.
“But Burgess was simply using hyperbole to illustrate his point,” she said.
“If you take away a man’s right to choose his actions, do you take away his humanity?”
Christiner said some people may be expecting to see the film version on stage but this version was more in keeping with the novel.
“While we are incorporating some of the iconic imagery from Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation, his film did not tell the whole story and was not well-received by Anthony Burgess.
“The stage adaptation already in existence is also very different to what we’ve created.
“I can only pray that audiences come in with an open mind – our telling is faithful to the original work.”
A Clockwork Orange plays at 7.30pm October 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, November 1 and 2 at the Broken Hill Hotel.
Book at www.whatson.com.au/clockwork
Please note: The play is strictly 18+ and features graphic content, violence, drug and sexual references, nudity and strobe lighting.