Video Design // Theatre

16 Aug – 1 Sept 2012, National Tour 2014

A shake & stir theatre co production

The sold-out production that stunned audiences in 2012 returns in 2014 following a five-month national tour. Strap yourself in for this terrifically frightening theatrical event directed by Michael Futcher set against a towering wall of plasma screens.

Oceania; a Nation perpetually at war, where cameras watch every move and Thought Police roam the streets. A place Winston Smith calls home. By day, Winston is an editor at the Ministry of Truth, rewriting history to align the past with the current political agenda of the ruling party and its illusive leader, Big Brother. By night, Winston pursues a forbidden love affair with a mysterious woman in an attempt to rebel against Big Brother’s oppressive regime and maintain some control over his otherwise totally controlled life.

When Winston and his love are discovered, they are violently separated, detained and prepared for reintegration back into society. But can human nature truly be changed?

Production Photography by Dylan Evans


Based on the book by George Orwell

Adaptors // Nelle Lee & Nick Skubij
Directed by // Michael Futcher
Designer // Josh McIntosh
Lighting Design // Jason Glenwright
Sound Design // Guy Webster
Media Producers // optikal bloc


APACA Drover Award Winner, National Tour of the Year – 1984

Matilda Awards – Nominated, Best Design (1984), optikal bloc; Nominated, Best Independent Production (1984)


“The fabulous multi-media work from optikal bloc was just as impressive. With the Big Brother image, the blurred war footage and softly lit colour scenes they blended image with reality and created a really powerful piece of theatre.” – ABSOLUTE THEATRE (2014)

“But it’s optikal bloc’s visuals that are at the heart of this production… Matched with Guy Webster’s suitably overwhelming sound design and Jason Glenright’s always-clever lighting, optikal bloc evokes a claustrophobic sense of constant surveillance.” – OFFSTREET ARTS (2014)

“The wall of TV screens, from designer Josh McIntosh and with digital content produced by optikal bloc, covers the back of the stage and offers the audience an uncomfortable reminder about the issue of scrutiny and an omnipotent authority. These provide an interesting use of modern technology that extends the theatrical experience, creating rooms that are beyond the capacity of the stage.” – ARTS HUB (2014)

“Actor Bryan Probets’ almost skull-like image projects from the screens and creates a disturbing image of Winston’s psyche, bringing a captivating aesthetic to the stage and a clever method of drawing audiences further into the narrative.” – ARTS HUB (2014)

“Media designers optikal bloc (Craig Wilkinson and Stephen Brodie) bring a young, tech savvy aesthetic to the stage.” – AUSSIE THEATRE (2012)

“Then there are the TVs – a great wall of black glass, masterfully programmed by media producers optikal bloc to drive the story in innovative, unexpected ways.” – COURIER MAIL (2012)


TRAILER (produced by optikal bloc)