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1984

13th Sep 2013 - 25th Oct 2014

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“I’ve read the studies. No one has been able to draw a conclusive correlation between virtual behaviour and behaviour in-world.”

The Nether offers complete freedom - a virtual wonderland that provides total sensory immersion. Just log in, choose an identity and indulge your every desire.

But when a young detective uncovers a disturbing brand of entertainment, she triggers an interrogation into the darkest corners of imagination.

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1984 in the West End

1984  extends its run at the West End's Playhouse Theatre until 23 August 2014.

Tickets are on sale via the Headlong wesbite.

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The Nether Rehearsal Diary- Week 4

Week 4 - Rendering

In Week 4, the play becomes whole. Jeremy continues to calibrate the production, but now in its entirety. We stitch the scenes together, pulling out different story threads and weaving in new, darker layers, allowing the extremities in the dramatic shifts to intensify.

Can gaming make the world a better place?

Jane McGonigal explains how gamers could use their skills to effect changes in the real world.

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan on 1984

'We want at the end of an hour and 40 minutes for the audience to have that same sense of a visceral face-punch.'

Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan discuss adapting George Orwell's 1984 for the stage with Dominic Cavendish.

The Nether Trailer

Take a look at our new interactive trailer for The Nether.

 

Power of Imagination

Carl Jung on the incredible creative power of the human imagination.

Surveillance

Dr. Btihaj Ajana is interviewed in her university office.

Dr Btihaj Ajana discusses surveillance in contemporary society and its relationship to the image of the surveillance state imagined by George Orwell in 1984

To find out more surveillance in contemporary society and its relationship to the image of the surveillance state imagined by George Orwell in 1984, watch the full length version of this video at www.digital-double.com.

1984 Digital Double

Is Big Brother watching you?

As you use the internet, your activity is tracked and monitored. This data is collected by organisations whose interests range from marketing to national security and is used to build up a profile of who you are based on your online activity. This is your “digital double”.

Click here to discover how Big Brother sees you.*

www.digital-double.com

 

*Best viewed on an iPhone or Android phone or using a Chrome or Safari browser.

1984 - Rehearsal Diary Week 5

Having staggered through the show on the Friday of the fourth week we were in the unprecedented position of being to run it in its entirety every day of the fifth and final week. This production is very much the sum of its parts and so each day’s iteration brings both clarity and confidence to the cast and the creative team.

Es Devlin on Good Ideas and Hard Work

Es Devlin talks to Ideas Tap about her approach to her work and the qualities that you need to become a successful designer.

Privacy

Dr Btihaj Ajana is interviewed in her university office.

Dr Btihaj Ajana discusses the importance of privacy in contemporary society and how digital technologies are changing our understanding of what privacy is. 

To find out more about the importance of privacy in contemporary society and how digital technologies are changing our understanding of what privacy is, watch the full length version of this video at www.digital-double.com.

Ideology

Ideology shapes the way that we think and behave as members of society. An ideology is a set of conscious and unconscious ideas and beliefs that a group of people hold about the way that the world works. These ideas shape their sense of what is right and wrong. They shape their sense of what is normal and abnormal behaviour. They define their ambitions and their goals. At a deeper level, they shape their sense of reality.

David Beames on Yevgeny

The actor David Beames

David Beames discusses the character of Yevgeny Dorn and his place within Irina Arkadina's social circle in Chekhov's The Seagull.

1984

April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him - and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye.

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Language

Language is more than simply words. It shapes the way we think. In the appendix to 1984, Orwell tells us that Newspeak is a language deliberately designed to limit the range of people’s thoughts and to make certain ideas unthinkable. It can be argued, however, that all languages, like Newspeak, limit the range of ideas that it is possible for people to understand.

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