1984 by George Orwell adapted by shake & stir theatre co





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Published on Sep 10, 2012

Big Brother is back.

The sold-out production that stunned audiences in 2012 returns in 2014 following a five-month national tour. Strap yourself in for this terrifically frightening theatrical event directed by Michael Futcher 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 current political agenda of the ruling party and its illusive leader, Big Brother. By night, Winston pursues a forbidden love affair with a mysterious woman in an attempt to rebel against Big Brother's oppressive regime and maintain some control over his otherwise totally controlled life.

When Winston and his love are discovered, they are violently separated, detained and prepared for reintegration back into society. But can human nature truly be changed?

From the team that brought you Animal Farm, this new adaptation brings George Orwell's final novel screaming into the present.

National Tour // Feb - Jul 2014
Brisbane Season (QPAC) // 15 Jul - 2 Aug 2014
Book Now // http://www.qpac.com.au/event/1984_14....

Adaptors // Nelle Lee & Nick Skubij
Director // Michael Futcher
Designer // Josh McIntosh
Lighting Designer // Jason Glenwright
Sound Designer // Guy Webster
Media Producers // optikal bloc
Featuring // Ross Balbuziente, Nelle Lee, Bryan Probets, Nick Skubij & David Whitney


"To borrow from Newspeak, "doubleplusgood" doesn't quite do 1984 justice. Can Big Brother approve us going up to "tripleplusgood"?" // The Courier-Mail

"Flawless" // Scene Magazine

"Flawless" // XS Entertainment

"Flawless" // A Little Gossip

"This production is superb and I can't recommend it highly enough." // Stage Whispers

"The detail and commitment of the performances, as well as the meticulous mounting of the production is nothing less than astonishing." // Canberra Critics Circle

"An impressive adaptation... shake & stir sets the bar high." // The Canberra Times

"The cast of five are very strong... this is a production that dramatises Orwell's ideas with flair and intensity." // Sydney Morning Herald

"You shouldn't miss it! This is a powerful production. It will stay with me just as did the book when I read it so many years ago." // Stage Whispers

"Big Brother would approve. The audience was gripped... from the beginning to the end. Australian theatre is very much a world leader." // The Newcastle Herald

"A cracking adaptation of Orwell's anti-fascism masterpiece... A superb ensemble. This is what you call seriously captivating theatre." // ABC North Coast NSW

Season premiered 16 August - 1 September 2012 // Cremorne Theatre, QPAC

Video produced by optikal bloc


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