Orwell's Disturbing Futuristic Vision Still Resonates

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Orwell's Disturbing Futuristic Vision Still Resonates


STRAP yourself in for the frightening theatrical event that is 1984, set against a towering wall of plasma screens, as adapted by shake & stir theatre co.

The critically acclaimed production that stunned audiences in 2012 returns to the Cremorne Theatre in the Queensland Performing Arts Centre for a strictly limited season, from July 15 to August 2, following a five-month national tour.

George Orwell wrote 1984 in 1948 as a prediction of our future and 66 years on, the themes resonate deeply, making the novel a reappearing title on many "must read" book lists.

"The parallels between what Orwell explored and what we are experiencing in the 21st century are frighteningly accurate and not just in politics but in many facets of modern living," co-artistic director and co-adaptor Nick Skubij said.

"How he managed to depict facing (and what we'd do to avoid) our biggest fear is also something we were really keen to explore."

The contemporary relevance is not the only scary aspect to the production.

"It's our aim to keep the story as dark, twisted and grotesque as it can be, it's Big Brother meets Saw 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. We are blurring the lines between reality and horror," Mr Skubij said. …

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