Canberra Theatre Centre

1984 1984

“Pitilessly brilliant”
The Guardian, UK

April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.

Set in a world where an invasive government keeps a malevolently watchful eye on its citizens, this radical and much-lauded staging explores surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever.

Produced by UK theatrical innovatorsHeadlong along with Nottingham Playhouse and the Almeida Theatre, this production of George Orwell’s dystopian classic came roaring onto the stage in 2013 and since then it has become an international phenomenon. Seen by over a quarter of a million people worldwide, it has enjoyed three hugely successful West End seasons as well as an international tour including a sold-out season at the Melbourne Festival.

Now with a brand new Australian cast, don’t miss one of the 20th century’s greatest and most chilling novels given new life by some of British theatre’s fastest rising creative stars.

Political Propaganda as well as the psychological, technological, physical and social dangers of totalitarianism are all pulled apart and exposed powerfully in this brand new adaptation of 1984 - but we may as well be viewing contemporary society.

The emergence of organisations such as Wikileaks, alongside advancements in personalised search engines and targeted online algorithms tracking activity and shaping our online experiences are just a few examples exposing the way 'Big Brother' is pervading our lives.

In effect, we have all become 'Big Brother'. Individual surveillance through personal phone camera's and social media platforms documenting our every experience have led to the emergence of new cultures of cyberbullying, teen pressure, manipulation and intimidation.

Teachers of English, Ethics, Arts, Design & Technology, Politics and Pastoral Care Leaders will have no end of extraordinary opportunities to open rich discussions with students around this production. I guarantee 1984 will be a powerful collective experience for students and a shared jumping off point for teachers and pastoral care professionals to open a dialogue around safe internet use, digital privacy, cyberbullying and suicide prevention.

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Show Details



Year Level Suitability

7-9 to 10-12

Curriculum area

The Arts - Dance, The Arts - Drama, English, History, Civics And Citizenship, Ict, Design & Technology.




Drama, Film, Physical Theatre


101 minutes, no interval


$30.00 per ticket, 1 teacher free per 15 students


Canberra Theatre, Canberra Theatre Centre (Canberra, ACT)

School Term:
Term 3


Thurs 27 July at 11am

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