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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Decoding dystopia

[Warning: this article contains spoilers]   The hype for Divergent, well … it was somewhat less than that for The Hunger Games – just saying.  Perhaps it was too premature, in the wake of its predecessor’s shadow? So let us delve deeper into this dystopian abyss… Somehow there’s always a next hit for teen romcom […]

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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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Loving Looper

Looper doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to the minutiae of time travel – as Jeff Daniel’s aging gangster notes, thinking about it “just fries your brain like an egg”. Several of the finer points relating to being able to jump backwards in time are glossed over or barely acknowledged – indeed, if […]

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