1984 @ The Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre


Adaptor: Nelle Lee and Nick Skubij; Director: Michael Futcher; Designer: Josh McIntosh; Lighting Designer: Jason Glenwright; Sound Designer: Guy Webster; Media Producers: optikal blok; Cast: Ross Balbuziente, Nelle Lee, Bryan Probets, Nick Skubij and David Whitney. Big Brother is back. Strap yourself in for this terrifically frightening theatrical event set against a towering wall of plasma screens. Oceania; a Nation perpetually at war, where cameras watch every move and Thought Police roam the streets. A place Winston Smith calls home. By day, Winston is an editor at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history to align the past with the radical political agenda of the ruling party and its illusive leader, Big Brother. By night, Winston pursues a forbidden love affair with the mysterious Julia in an attempt to rebel against the oppressive regime set down by the party and maintain some control over this otherwise totally controlled life. When Winston and Julia are discovered, they are violently separated, detained and prepared for conversion. Locked in the Ministry of Love and interrogated by the quietly terrifying O’Brien, Winston is beaten, manipulated and subjected to sickening torture in an attempt to make him reject dreams of liberation and understand that free thought and logic is the only true enemy. From the team that brought you Animal Farm, this new stage adaptation brings George Orwell’s final novel screaming into the present.


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