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1984 The Play: Australian Tour 2017 - Review

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Overwhelms the senses
1984, Comedy theatre, Melbourne
1984 Opening Night Melbourne

Theatrical production, 1984, made its cacophonous debut in Melbourne on Friday night. This stark and jarring rendition of George Orwell's prescient novel overwhelms the senses with jolting sounds, glaring illuminations and forceful imagery, cleverly juxtaposing the societal deprivation of 1984 with sensory overload.

With a stellar cast, led by Tom Conroy playing Winston Smith, Ursula Mills as Julia and Terence Crawford as O'Brien, 1984 delivers a haunting experience that challenges audiences to endure Winston's ultimately futile mission to defy 'Big Brother'.

1984, Big Brother

Despite being written almost 70 years ago, 1984 continues to be relevant, reflecting the struggles of the current socio-political climate. Winston Smith grapples with modern issues concerning surveillance, journalistic integrity, moral relativism and political correctness. Finding his dire circumstances untenable, he finds a partner in crime, Julia, and they pursue freedom through small acts of defiance--love, freedom of thought and speech, and privacy.

1984, both novel and play, ingeniously puts up a mirror to our own values, what we are prepared to accept and the dire consequences of obedience in the face of injustice, but also the impossible pursuit to challenge power in isolation.

Don't miss this thought-provoking and innovative performance currently in Melbourne at the Comedy Theatre until June 10 and touring all major cities in Australia until mid-August.

Of note: age recommended is 14 , the play contains violence, sexual content, strobe lighting and loud sounds. The performance runs for 101 minutes, with no intermission.

Melbourne until June 10
Brisbane June 14 to June 18
Sydney June 28 to July 22
Canberra July 25 to July 29
Perth Aug 4 to Aug 13

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When: Melbourne until June 10 Brisbane June 14-18 Sydney June 28 to July 22 Canberra July 25-29 Perth Aug 4-13
Cost: $85-$109
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