The Review: This adaptation of Orwell’s great novel is hugely ambitious and constantly assaults the senses leaving you battered but exhilarated. Not a straightforward adaptation of the book, it zips back and forth between Winston Smith’s horrific world and a book group discussing it.
Scenes under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother play out nightmarishly, often the same scene over and over. The ‘two minutes of hate’ is utterly chilling, Winston’s colleagues roaring and baying for blood. Winston’s betrayal is accompanied by a spine-tingling stage transformation into Room 101. Suitably graphic torture scenes mean this production is not for the faint-hearted.
The Verdict: An ambitious production that completely delivers; this is what theatre is all about. Knowledge of the story is preferable as this isn't a literal production.