1984 staged: audience complicit in Orwell’s dystopian nightmare

✮✮✮✮✮ Adapting George Orwell’s dystopia Nineteen Eighty-Four is no small feat, but one which Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan master within 101 fraught, uninterrupted minutes. The collaborative effort of the Almeida Theatre with Nottingham Playhouse and Headlong delivers an alarmingly convincing resurrection of Orwell’s totalitarian nightmare and conjures a new creation that interrogates the purpose […]

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Review: 1984

“Big Brother is watching you.” CCTV cameras, flashing lights, a projection screen that covered an entire wall of the stage set; who was being watched? The actors or the audience members? Luke Rollason’s production of 1984 is one that highlights and links the relevance of the voyeuristic aspects of a totalitarian regime to the increase of surveillance usage in modern […]

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Preview: 1984

This production could be better named 1984 B.C. It is more visceral than clinical, more heart-washed than brain-washed: Big Brother is not obeyed, but adored with primordial passion. Take the opening of the play, the notorious Two Minutes Hate sequence. Anya Meinhardt’s choreography jolts the actors into a sort of tribal ritual. Like broken metronomes, […]

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A Statement Piece

Slogan t-shirts are everywhere right now. Whenever we read their messages, a part of us relates to their simple wisdom, so that we want to bear it on our chests, too.  Be it ‘Love will save us’, ‘Meat is Murder’ or ‘La Vie est Belle’, slogan t-shirts traverse every corner of the fashion world. When […]

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