Tonight our class attended (perhaps) one of the most dynamic and interesting theatrical performances on our list: 1984, based on the novel by George Orwell. Performed at the Almeida Theatre, Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan jointly created this new work that takes place after 2050, treating Orwell’s appendix on the Principles of Newspeak as a vital part of the story.
The theatrical performance was amazing, and Mark Arends (the actor who portrayed leading character Winston Smith) definitely gave it his all. The rest of the cast can be found listed here. Our class had wonderful seats right by the front row of the upper gallery, so we were able to see the entire torture scene (which was horrific) – including the actual live rats in the metal cage!
I think this has been one of the best-acted theatrical performances we have seen so far, and I would have loved to watch this back in high school when I first read the book. Maybe I would have liked it a lot better, instead of treating it as another IB HL English required reading!