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.
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 doublespin, thoughtlesscrime, and Nuzpik.
Whether Breitbart or the BBC, we are all Winston Smith. Big Brother is the modern surveillance state. And he is definitely Watching You.
ESCAPADE brings you Orwell's epic, dystopian view of the future. Our present.
At Versus Teatre, Barcelona, 25th May-11th June 2017
Adapted by Matthew Dunster.
Lighting and Set Design-Tony Murchland
Costume and make up-Mariajo Labrador
Asst Director-Julie Nash
Movement/Fitness party member on Tscreen-Jan Clayton
Fight choregraphy-Harris Gordon
Video- Inma Alcario, Joe Bentley
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 Cartwright-Long and Cata García Petith
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, Emma Reynolds, Javier Bueno
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.
“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.”
“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.”
“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.”
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”
“If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself.”
“Big Brother is Watching You.”