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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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The Glass Menagerie

A frustrated mother, a daughter lost in her imagination, and a son intent on rebellion.

By night, Tom lives the life of an assassin, an outlaw, a czar of the underworld, via his trips to the movies. By day, he works in a factory. In the apartment he shares with mother Amanda and sister Laura, the air hangs thick with the scent of sickly sweet flowers and his mother’s oppressive nostalgia. When Amanda insists he brings home a gentleman caller for Laura, the fragile dreams of all three are shattered with consequences they may never escape.

1984 Transfers to the West End

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan's critically acclaimed production 1984  has returned to the Playhouse Theatre for a second West End run.

The show previews from June 12 and runs until September 5 before embarking on an international tour.

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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.'
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

'People, Places and Things says as much about what a thing it is to be alive as it does about addiction. 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'
★ ★ ★ ★

1984 Trailer

Television static flashes across the screen. A man (Winston Smith) dressed in drab clothes lifts his head from a table top, a series of words flashes across the scene (AUSTERITY, LOVE, POWER). Winston opens a diary a picks up his pen. The scene cuts to a group of people screaming at the projection of a man while the phrases 'FREEDOM IS SLAVERY' and 'WAR IS PEACE'  flash on screen, followed by more phrases that flash past too quickly to read. The scene cuts to a couple kissing before more phrases flash on screen.

The Glass Menagerie Rehearsal Diary - Week 3

So we start putting it all together…

After the relative quiet and calm(ish) contemplation of the first fortnight, we’ve had a mad, busy week. We’ve been pulling scenes apart, playing with dozens of ideas, getting to know these characters inside-out and throwing things around - both literally and metaphorically (I can neither confirm nor deny that we have tragically lost a number of glass animals in the past few days). Where the first two weeks saw us staging the scenes as isolated moments, now we have to begin thinking about the whole thing, working out what common threads are and how different moments speak to each other.

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'
★ ★ ★ ★★

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.

People, Places and Things - Design Images

Explore Bunny Christie's design sketches for People, Places and Things

The Future of Theatre Design

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 is technology changing the way that we stage and design a production? What new possibilities might digital technology open up for theatre designers in the future?

From the Deus Ex Machina of Ancient Greek Theatre to the invention of the electric lantern in the late nineteenth century, technology has had a huge impact on the ways in which we stage a performance. Olivier Award Winning Set Designer Es Devlin (Chimerica, American Psycho, The Nether) and Luke Halls (I Can’t Sing!, Olympic and Paralympic Closing Ceremonies) discuss how digital technology is currently revolutionising the world of theatre design.

Chaired by The Nether's resident director, Daniel Raggett.

Creating PRISM

Michael Takeo Magruder talks about how he created the artwork PRISM. The talk was given at the Nam Paik June Art Center in Seoul, South Korea. The talk is in English and translated into Korean.

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous's faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.

Brain Research

Dr.Chris Chambers explains how cognitive neuroscientists use techniques such as fMRI and TMS to investigate how our brains work.

1984 - Rehearsal Diary Week 4

The most significant difference going into the fourth and penultimate week of rehearsals is the introduction of the technical elements of 1984, albeit in a primitive form.

People, Places and Things Rehearsal Diary - Week 5

‘The patient is alive’ declares Jeremy Herrin after the first run of the play on Saturday. After five weeks of staging 110 pages of drama – a process that includes absorbing cuts to the script, changes in costume, and the construction and interrogation of movement sequences - we put the show together on a grey morning in an empty rehearsal room and pray that it will work. What ensues is a heart breaking and engaging two hours twenty minutes of theatre. The operation was successful; this production is very much alive.

George Orwell and 1984

Professor Alex Callinicos is interviewed in his university office.

Prof Alex Callinicos reveals how Orwell's politics and the world in which he lived shaped his vision of 1984.

To find out more about how Orwell's politics and the world in which he lived shaped his vision of 1984watch the full length version of this video at

Theatre and Technology

Robert Delamere, Jeremy Herrin, Dawn King and Tassos Stevens discuss the ways in which technology is transforming contemporary theatre and performance.

Living Online

The speakers are interviewed on stage. The stage is empty apart from four 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.

Is the web changing us? How does spending time online affect our brains? Can you spend too much time online? Journalist Madhumita Venkataramanan (Associate Editor of Wired Magazine), BBC Click presenter Spencer Kelly and game designer Holly Gramazio discuss the implications.

Prof Val Curran on The Effect

Professor Val Curran in her office talking about The Effect.

Psychopharmacologist, Val Curran, on the science behind The Effect.

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