This spring, Act One tackles George Orwell’s greatest works – among the greatest novels of the 20th Century.

“'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past”

Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party.

Act One has developed a reputation for new and innovative work over many years and has championed new writing as well as a fresh approach to classical texts. Previous successes have included A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Under Milk Wood, Good Times, Canterbury Tales, His Dark Materials, The Ghosts of Tyneham, Welcome to Terezin and Bartholomew Fair.


Presented by The Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre

Based on the novels by George Orwell

1984 adapted by Matthew Dunster

Directed by Lucy Betts


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