April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.
Set in a world where an invasive government keeps a malevolently watchful eye on its citizens, this radical and much-lauded staging explores surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.
One of the most widely referenced and best known fiction titles of all time, 1984 was first published in 1949. Interest in the title has spiked in recent months as worldwide media has drawn parallels between Orwell’s classic about a dystopian future where critical thought is suppressed under a totalitarian regime and the present day regime of US President Donald Trump. Currently the #1 title on Amazon’s bestseller list, 1984 has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and has been translated into more than 65 languages around the globe.
1984 is re-examined in this radical, award-winning international theatrical blockbuster seen by more than a 400,000 people. Produced by UK theatrical innovators Headlong along with Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre, George Orwell’s dystopian classic came roaring onto the stage in 2013 and since then it has become an international phenomenon.
This new production of 1984 is directed by Corey MacMahon and boasts an all Australian cast lead by Tom Conroy (Belvoir’s Jasper Jones) as Winston and Ursula Mills (MTC’s John) as Julia, alongside Paul Blackwell, Terence Crawford, Renato Musolino, Guy O’Grady, Yalin Ozucelik and Fiona Press.
June 2 – 10
The Comedy Theatre, Exhibition Street, Melbourne