1984 – Stage Play

I went to see the stage version of 1984 on September 4th at the Playhouse Theatre.

The production last 101 minutes and was an emotionally draining, but ultimately fascinating piece of theatre. As well as being an accurate condensation of the book, the play asked how much of the 1949 novel is true today and audience members’ answers will probably vary depending how much interaction they have with ‘the authorities’. The use of strobe lighting, video, and quick changes of scene left me giddy at times, but my awareness of being watched was certainly heightened – after leaving the theatre I did notice how many security cameras there are around London. The scene with Winston in Room 101 was harrowing and not for the faint-hearted.

If you should ever have a chance of seeing this play, go and see it. If not, please read the book and see for yourself whether you recognise the modern day. It won’t be “the worst thing in the world” you will ever do.

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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