Review: Nottingham Playhouse Presents George Orwell’s 1984

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It’s a joy to be working with our local theatre, the Nottingham Playhouse which is giving me all kinds of opportunities and experiences. Take last week when a friend and I went along to see the new adaptation of George Orwell’s 1984. It’s not a production I would generally have chosen to go and see but working with the Theatre means I’m challenging myself with plays that might normally be outside my radar. This one sounded intriguing and I’d heard friends talking about it being harrowing and shocking so I was interested to see for myself.

This adaptation by Robert Icke and Duncan McMillan doesn’t disappoint and delivers an intense, thought provoking and moving drama. The main characters of Winston and Julia played by Mark Arends and Hara Yannas. were captivating and extremely well acted, Winston in particular delivering the angst and torment of his situation so convincingly. Jumping between the future with a book group deciphering Winston’s diary from the past, and then analysing the Thought Police and the situation of the present was very effective with the final Room 101 scene delivering a harrowing, painful ending.

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The set design by Chloe Lamford combined both a retro and futuristic look with a 1960’s canteen and bedroom which was cleverly dismantled to reveal a clean, minimal torture room of the future. The whole play was incredible and stunning  with a level of intensity and drama that one would expect in an adaptation of this kind.

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If you have the chance do check out this play which runs until September 28th. Tickets cost between £8.50 and £25.50 and can be booked online or by calling the box office on 0115 941 9419.

I’ve really enjoyed my experiences at the Nottingham Playhouse including The Kite Runner  and I Was a Rat. Looking at the programme for upcoming shows I’m interested in several including:

Nobulus: Out of the Shadow – a mix of breakdance, acrobatics, ballet and contemporary dance showing on Monday 18th November.

The Reduced Shakespeare Company – all 37 plays in 97 minutes! Performing on Monday 4th November

Yumm! – great family friendly fun with dance, music, quirky design and amusing eating utensils. Showing on Saturday 9th November.


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Disclosure: I was given 2 complimentary tickets to see 1984. The comments and opinions are genuine and honest.

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