A record breaking 1737 people came to see 1984 in 2017.
What they said about 1984:
“What makes this play so utterly convincing are the first-rate performances of the entire cast” Orwell Society
"OMG. This is a MUST-SEE. Tell your friends. Seriously. Do. Not. Miss."
"Fantastic performances from the whole cast... After two hours of relentless dystopia, we left the theatre completely traumatised. A great Saturday night!, a highly recommended production."
"A very grim, powerful show that doens't pull the punches when it comes to the harrowing torture scenes in the second act."
"Escapade has outdone themselves. We saw the show last weekend and were blown away. This show is terribly relevant to the times we live in and the actors, designers, tech, and director+ have created something viscerally moving. It is a must see show. Thank you, Escapade!"
"A brilliant show, so glad we saw it! Great direction, staging and acting. Insightful and thought provoking."
"A moving show and an impressive production."
"Thank you for the incredible theatre experience, this is what Art is all about! I hope many more come to see you and reflect upon the dangerous times we're living."
"Incredibly powerful acting and the ideal, intimate theatre to see it in. A great performance."
"Thoughtful and evocative. Terrifyingly close to the times we are living in."
Adapted by Matthew Dunster.
Lighting and Set Design-Tony Murchland
Costume and make up-Mariajo Labrador
Asst Director-Julie Nash
Movement Director-Jan Clayton
Fight choregraphy-Harris Gordon
Video- Inma Alcario, Joe Bentley
Sound-Artur Sampere, Fran Caravaca, Joaquin Dolyenko
Stage Manager-Neema Lahon/Victoria Simons
Specific props-Kristina Borg
Graphic Design-Derek Zinger
Winston Smith- Daniel Ewing
O’Brien- Morgan Symes
Julia- Mary McGurk
Charrington/Ensemble- Norbert Becker
Goldstein/Ensemble- Mark Aspinall
Parsons/Ensemble- Ben Torbush
Syme/Ensemble- Alfie Rowland
Bumstead/Ensemble- Nathan Pond
Mrs Parsons/Ensemble- Julie Nash
Old Prole/Ensemble- Paul Jutsum
Prole/Wilsher/Ensemble- Joe Bentley
Katherine/Starved Woman/Ensemble-Laura Martuscelli
Parsons’ kids- Isaac Martí and Cata García
Ensemble- Neema Lahon/Victoria Simons
Guards-Paul Cortese, Stuart Young, Florian Casajuana
With the special collaboration of Stephanie Figueira, James Giblin, Toby Harper, Al Fisher, Javier Bueno
It is 1984. Winston Smith lives in a world of constant surveillance, of perpetual war where only the name of the enemy changes, a world in which cheap entertainment, alcohol and the lottery ticket keeps the masses ignorant but content, a world of doublethink, thoughtcrime, and newspeak. Sound familiar?
It is 2017. We live in a world of constant surveillance, of perpetual war where only the name of the enemy changes, a world in which cheap entertainment, alcohol and the lottery ticket keeps the masses ignorant but content, a world of fake news, alternative facts and post truth.
Whether Breitbart or the BBC, we are all Winston Smith. Big Brother is the modern surveillance state. And he is definitely Watching You.
One of the most influential dystopian novels ever written, 1984 has had a profound effect on the world. Since its publication in 1949 many of its concepts have entered modern day parlance. Big Brother, doublethink, thoughtcrime, Newspeak and Room 101 are all part of Orwell’s world. What’s more, as a result of the book, Orwellian is now a term to describe official deception, secret surveillance, and manipulation of the past by a totalitarian or authoritarian state. Orwell hoped that by writing
1984 he’d help stop such a state ever coming to pass. Read these 1984 quotes to decide for yourself!
"War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
“Big Brother is Watching You.”
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“Until they (the proles) became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
“The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind, happiness is better.”
“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
“He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”
Interview with Sue Flack about 1984