October 17, 2013 Leave a comment
a new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
at Warwick Arts Centre, Tuesday 15th October 2013
After the house lights flare up (“It was a bright cold day in April…”) and gongs chime through the auditorium (“…and the clocks were striking thirteen”), Headlong’s production of 1984 starts with a provocation. Sat at a desk, a dishevelled figure (who will turn out to be Winston Smith) writes onto a page, which is then projected onto a screen. He scribbles the date (15th October), crosses it out, then writes a year followed by a question mark: 1984? This simple punctuation mark then throws the whole of Orwell’s novel into flux, forcing us to question its validity and its accuracy whilst cheekily willing us to argue this isn’t Orwell’s work.
Nineteen Eighty-Four is, fairly unoriginally, one of my all-time favourite books, Read more of this post