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March 2003
Orwell's nightmare 'is becoming reality'
AGE Productions' staging of 1984 has plenty of blood - and a video backdrop filmed in Oxford.

Aidan Elliott, a student at Oxford's Hertford College, got consent from George Orwell's estate to adapt his novel, 1984, for the stage.

He says he was moved to do so by state intrusion into people's lives.

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1984
March 11 - 16
Old Fire Station Theatre, Oxford

By Aidan Elliott, director

Over the summer the Observer newspaper ran a series of reports on the "nanny state."

It illustrated the many ways in which both the government and corporate companies monitor and record significant amounts of our everyday activities – including our movements, phone calls, e-mails and payments.

This new production of 1984 is brutal, says its director

It became increasingly apparent, and indeed worrying, how very suddenly Orwell’s nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, monitoring state was fast becoming a reality.

These issues, and the public’s obsession with fly on-the-wall television programmes such as Big Brother and I’m a celebrity, motivated me to bring Orwell’s book back into the public eye.

I wanted to expose this phenomenon and the public’s obsessions through a theatre production.

Over the last few months I have set about acquiring an enthusiastic, skilled team who share my vision of bringing 1984 to the stage.

Theatre of brutality

I had no intentions to distort the book in any way – I planned to stay faithful to the author and present his work the way he set it down on paper.

Indeed, it would be a rather arrogant decision to attempt to better Orwell’s masterpiece.

The production will be dark, tense and in many parts shocking – children under 12, and those with a nervous disposition, should stay away.


Time: 19:30 plus Sat mat 14:30
Tickets: £8.50 (concs £6.50)

Old Fire Station Theatre
40 George Street, Oxford
OX1 2AQ
Tel: 01865 297 170

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