Running time: 101 minutes; no interval
Presented by Headlong in association with Nottingham Playhouse and Almeida Theatre
By George Orwell
Adapted by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
April, 1984. 13.00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him - and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye.
Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell's fiction is often said to be our reality. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical new staging exploring surveillance, identity and how thinking you can fly might actually be the first step to flying.
This new major production explores the world inside Winston Smith's head, as well as the world without, and catches the euphoria and bliss buried deep underneath the cold face of Big Brother. Headlong's version explores why Orwell's gaze is as applicable to the here and now as it ever was.
Recommended for ages 14+. Contains scenes of torture, loud noises and flashing lights. No latecomers.
There will be a post-show discussion following the performance on Wednesday evening.
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