Cremorne Theatre, QPAC Brisbane (2012)
Australian National Tour (2014)
The 2012 sold-out production returns in 2014 after a national tour, directed by Michael Futcher with a chilling backdrop of plasma screens. Set in war-torn Oceania, surveillance is constant, and Thought Police patrol. Winston Smith, an editor at the Ministry of Truth, rewrites history to align with the ruling party's agenda. Seeking freedom, he engages in a forbidden love affair against Big Brother's rule. Discovery leads to brutal separation and reintegration attempts. Can human nature withstand the oppressive regime?
Production images by Dylan Evans Photography
Producers - shake & stir theatre co
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
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Media designers optikal bloc (Craig Wilkinson and Stephen Brodie) bring a young, tech savvy aesthetic to the stage."