People, Places and Things

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People, Places and Things

25th Aug 2015 - 4th Jun 2016

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13th Sep 2013 - 10th Apr 2016

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People, Places and Things

Fresh from an acclaimed sold-out season at the National's Dorfman Theatre, this new production will transfer to the Wyndham's Theatre for 12 weeks only from 15 March 2016.

Emma was having the time of her life. Now she’s in rehab.

Her first step is to admit that she has a problem. But the problem isn’t with Emma, it’s with everything else. She needs to tell the truth. But she’s smart enough to know that there’s no such thing. When intoxication feels like the only way to survive the modern world, how can she ever sober up?

People, Places and Things is the latest collaboration between Headlong and the National Theatre, following the acclaimed Earthquakes in London and The Effect.

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1984 On Tour

Following an acclaimed West End, U.K and Australia tour, Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's production of 1984  is currently on tour in U.S.A. To see venue details, click here.

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Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme

On 1 July 1916, the 36th (Ulster) Division took part in one of the bloodiest battles in human history: the Battle of the Somme. 100 years later Headlong presents this modern classic in a major co-production with the Abbey Theatre, Citizens Theatre and Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatre.

Digital Artist Award

Are you an artist working/interested in working with digital media? Then check our new ‪Headlong Digital Artist‬ scheme to apply for a £5000 digital artwork commission.

Behind-the-Scenes: Mariano Vivanco Publicity Shoot

Check out some behind-the-scenes shots of fashion photographer, Mariano Vivanco's, publicity shoot taken at the National Theatre Studio.

Denise Gough wins Best Actress at Critics Circle Awards

'This play has the power to change people' - Denise Gough takes home Best Actress at Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Emma in People, Places and Things.

Theatre Voice: Jeremy Herrin interview

Listen to our Artistic Director, Jeremy Herrin, talking to Philip Fisher about his work with Headlong and directing on Broadway.

1984 and Contemporary Surveillance

Dr. Btihaj Ajana, Dr. Claudia Aradau and Prof. Alex Callinicos discuss the relationship between Orwell's own experiences in post-war London, his vision of 1984 and our contemporary surveillance society.

In Search of China's Riches

In the summer of 2001, I was living in a factory, in a village, in central China. I was in the middle of a two-year stint of fieldwork for my PhD.

It was hot. So hot in fact, that the factory’s furnaces blazed only during the night, for fear that workers would succumb in the day. Most nights, I lay awake into the small hours, sweating, my senses overloaded by the clangs and flashes from the factory courtyard.

People, Places and Things Reviewed


'A triumph for Denise Gough, who delivers an emotionally shattering performance.'
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

'An extraordinary performance. She’s surrounded by a strong ensemble, particularly Barbara Marten as her therapist, but it’s Gough you’re watching, every tremor, every twitch – she’s magnetic.'
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

'It wears its impressiveness lightly to remain always simply, wonderfully human.'
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

'Vivid. Vibrant. Astonishing performances'
★ ★ ★ ★

'Generous-spirited, with a strong streak of irreverent, darkly humane humour, the play – superbly directed by Jeremy Herrin – has a thoughtful, shifting ambivalence'
★ ★ ★ ★

'Macmillan once again mixes dark wit, intellectual ambition and emotional intelligence. '

★ ★ ★ ★

'Bold, timely and searching play'
★ ★ ★ ★

'Jeremy Herrin’s taut, dynamic production for Headlong is marked by several coups de théatre'
★ ★ ★ ★

People, Places and Things - Interviews

Watch interviews with director, Jeremy Herrin; writer, Duncan Macmillan and actress, Denise Gough ahead of the West End transfer of People, Places and Things.

1984 Reviewed


'It is doubleplusgood. It's not easy to make something vividly dramatic from a novel of ideas. This pulls it off in style.'

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

'Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan have pulled off something tremendous'
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

'Headlong’s brilliant stage version ... Rather than just tell the story, this show, written and directed by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, creates a dynamic response that strips away complacency and plays on those creeping anxieties about trust, manipulation and freedom.'
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

'This extraordinary adaptation by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan for Headlong makes a virtue of the book’s internal nature... It is a troublingly, often horrifyingly sensual experience, a tech-enhanced, heavily stylised race through a mind collapsing under terrible pressure.'
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

'Brilliantly imaginative adaptation of George Orwell's great dystopian novel'
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Denise Gough on People, Places and Things

Amie Taylor talks to Denise Gough about being an actress and creating the role of Emma in People, Places and Things.

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1984 – Getting to the Heart of the Text

What are possible relationships between text and performance? Some sixty years ago the British philosopher Raymond Williams, troubled by the way in which the development of print had turned a moving and open art into something ‘relatively static’, discerned four potential relationships between the words on the page and their potential staging.

Theatre and Technology

The speakers are interviewed on stage. The stage is empty apart from three chairs, on which the speakers are sitting and a table. The is a projection of the title 'The Nether' on a plane grey backdrop. The speakers hold microphones. The shadowy heads of members of the audience can be seen at the bottom of the shot.

How do we create a theatre for the digital age? Is technology fundamentally changing the ways in which we engage with and make performance?

Matt Adams (Co-Founder and Artist, Blast Theory), David Sabel (Head of Broadcast and Digital at the National Theatre) and Tassos Stevens (Co-Director, Coney) discuss how digital technology is revolutionising performance.

Chaired by Headlong’s Artistic Associate, Sarah Grochala.

People, Places and Things - Director's Diary - Post-Press Night

Director of People, Places and Things Jeremy Herrin speaks about how the play has been going, the challenges ahead and what the play means to him at this stage in the process.

Director of People, Places and Things Jeremy Herrin speaks about how the play has been going, the challenges ahead and what the play means to him at this stage in the process.

Adapting 1984

Sarah Grochala talks about Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's adaptation of 1984. The talk was given at the Nam Paik June Art Center in Seoul, South Korea. The talk is in English and translated into Korean.English starts at 4.45 minutes.

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