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April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him - and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye.

Its ideas have become our ideas, and Orwell's fiction is often said to be our reality. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical new staging exploring surveillance, identity and how thinking you can fly might actually be the first step to flying.

In an age of mass surveillance, ‘total’ policing and GPS tracking, 1984 is as relevant now as it ever was.

Waterstones Lunchtime Classics Experience the best of literature in your lunch hour with this series of free talks from experts.

Tuesday 29th October at 1pm Actor Mark Arends discuss his role as Winston Smith in this production of 1984 alongside Dr Chris Pak from John Moores University at the Illy Café at Waterstones Liverpool One.

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"The country's most exciting touring company"
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Presented by Headlong and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company

By George Orwell
A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan 




Tue 29 Oct to Sat 2 Nov at the Playhouse

Evenings: 7.30pm (except Wed 30 Oct)
Matinées: 1.30pm on Thu 31 Oct, 2.00pm on Sat 2 Nov
Twilight Perf: Wed 30 Oct at 5.30pm
Tickets: £12 - £23
Age: 14+
Running Length: 1 hour 40 mins approx (no interval)
This production includes gunshots, and scenes that some audience members might find distressing.
Headlong observes best practise in animal welfare.

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