A CLOCKWORK LEMON

A CLOCKWORK LEMON
(Oranges are not the Only Fruit)

This piece began as an alternative cabaret. It was loosely based on a violent scene from Burgess's novella and Kubrick's film "A Clockwork Orange". I chose it because of its iconic costumes, larger than life characters and infamy which all made it the ideal base for a performance. It worked so well I decided to film it. The aggressors became women but I felt it would create a feminist agenda if they attacked a man and so we kept them raping a woman. Are women capable of "ultraviolence"? In "The Lord of the Flies" what would have been the outcome if the plane that crashed had been carry girls and not boys? Would it have degenerated into violence or would females have formed an orderly society?

It was also meant to parody the commonplace violence of men that the entertainment media love to glamorise so much. In the film stills shown here, it is difficult to portray the humour of the piece for although the action is horrific the musical accompaniment is light and rather ridiculous. The attack begins with the droogesses dancing to "Signing in the Rain" whilst the rape of the girl with a truncheon is done in time to Rossini's "William Tell Overture" - by ironically juxtaposing this horrific act with a comical score one's response to the violence becomes ambivalent.