The Nether

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The Absence of War

6th Feb 2015 - 25th Apr 2015

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The Nether

17th Jul 2014 - 25th Apr 2015

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The Nether transfers to the West End

Following a sold-out run at the Royal Court Theatre, Jennifer Haley’s critically-acclaimed, multi-award-winning play transfers to London’s Duke of York’s Theatre for a limited 12-week run.

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

An intricate crime drama and a haunting thriller set in the year 2050, The Nether follows an investigation into the complicated, disturbing morality of identity in the digital world, and explores the consequences of making dreams a reality.

Directed by Headlong Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin (Wolf Hall / Bring Up The Bodies, This House), this is an ‘exhilaratingly daring’ (Financial Times) production. Sonia Friedman Productions, Headlong and the Royal Court are known for bringing some of the UK’s best new plays in recent years to the West End, including Jerusalem, Chimerica, 1984, Posh, Constellations and ENRON.

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The Absence of War

It's now or never for George Jones. The charismatic leader of the Labour Party needs to get out of opposition and into Number Ten. Plagued by a hostile media, beset by divisions in his party and haunted by his own demons, George has three weeks to convince the Great British Public that he's their man.

But how much compromise is he prepared to make? How can you truly appeal to the man in the street from the House of Commons? And which tie should he wear for Prime Minister's Questions?

Headlong presents a vigorous new production of David Hare’s funny, stinging political drama on a timely national tour during the build up to the 2015 General Election.

1984 Now

People often refer to the idea that we are living in 1984, but to what extent is that a valid observation about contemporary society?

In 2013, Headlong collaborated with the Cultural Institute’s at King's on a project to explore the relationship between digital technology and live performance. This partnership resulted in the development of an app, 1984 Digital Double, which explores the nature of contemporary surveillance.

Headlong and the Cultural Institute at King's invite you to join a group of digital experts and innovative artists for a day of platform panels exploring a wide range of questions about digital technology, live performance and surveillance.

Saturday 22 November 2014
1pm – 5pm
Anatomy Lecture Theatre, King's College London

Tickets: Free

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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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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.

1984 - Rehearsal Diary Week 6

The sixth and final week of rehearsals differs dramatically from the preceding five weeks. Firstly, we have relocated to the Nottingham Playhouse, where 1984 will have its official opening ahead of touring to seven other venues across the country. The set has been built on the stage, the lighting, sound and projection all rigged and the finishing touches made to costumes and props.

Ben Kidd on Frank Wedekind

Frank Wedekind wasn’t really a playwright. Of course that makes no sense, since he wrote a whole bunch of plays, but it does have a meaning and it is possibly helpful to remember when staging Spring Awakening.

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.

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 www.digital-double.com.

Bret Easton Ellis on American Psycho

Bret Easton Ellis on American Psycho and his return to LA.

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.

Blanche McIntyre on The Seagull

Blanche McIntyre gives Judi Herman a director's-eye-view of The Seagull.

Descartes Demon

In his 1641 book, Meditations on First Philosophy, Rene Descartes starts by considering the nature of reality. How do we know, he asks himself, that the world around us actually exists and is not just a projection of our minds?

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.

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.

Matt Smith on American Psycho

Miles Alridge photographs Matt Smith and the cast of American Psycho in impeccable attitre. Jeremy Langmead talks to Matt Smith about taking on the iconic role of Patrick Bateman.

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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