I read 1984 by George Orwell as part of GCSE English Literature some 25 years a long time ago. I wrote a comparison with it and another book about the Pinochete regime in Chile, pulling out how the fiction Orwell wrote in 1949 had become reality in the form of a military dictatorship for the Chilean people.

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Nottingham Playhouse currently have an incredibly powerful adaptation of the novel as interpreted by artistic directors Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan showing until 28 September 2013.

I had been warned beforehand by Jen at Love Chic Living to be prepared so with a little trepidation we headed into the theatre! Here is Jen’s review of 1984.

The nine strong cast, with Mark Arends and Hara Yannas leading as Winston, a man unravelling, and Julia, the scarlet woman, deliver an energetic and convincing performance.

There is brutality, love/lust, fear, torture and loyalty executed magnificently throughout the 1 hour 40 minute show which has no interval. Our own screen/technology dominated society, text (SMS) language and the huge divine between rich and poor are drawn out for the audience to reflect upon, paralleling the themes with contemporary society.

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As well as the ever present BB screen, video (by Tim Reid) is used to show off and close ups of on stage action adding extra dimensions to the Big Brother dominated world we live in. There is plenty of food for thought when considering how much we share about ourselves online in social media!

If you get the opportunity to catch this show which is touring the country through October and November – more details here – you are guaranteed a performance that will stay with you for days (and night-mares!).

Photography credit goes to Tristram Kenton.

Disclosure: We received two complimentary tickets to this performance but all opinions expressed in this post are unbiased and those of the blog’s author.

To read what we thought about previous Nottingham Playhouse show, “I was a Rat” click here.

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3 Responses to 1984 at the Nottingham Playhouse @skymirror #1984play

  1. So gutted I had to miss this. like you I studied it. At uni though. But I also taught an amazing GCSE drama scheme about the disappeared in Chile. Powerful stuff to bring to the theatre, sounds like an amazing adaptation.

  2. Granny says:

    Sounds great, wish I had been with you. I read 1984 when I was about 14 and thought it incredible!

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