Big Brother is watching in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 21:11 08 May 2013 | UPDATED: 21:12 08 May 2013




A MODERN take on classic novel 1984 will take centre stage in Hertford.


George Orwell’s 1984 will be coming to the Hertford Theatre tomorrow (Thursday) night to tell the harrowing tale of Winston Smith trying to break away from Big Brother.

Director David Hutchinson said: “It keeps true to the novel but this is a tale not just stuck in 1984.”

Adapted by Matthew Dunster, the performance will highlight how the themes of the book are still very much present in today’s society.

Mr Hutchinson wanted to explore the impact of technology throughout the piece but thinks it may also relate to what is currently going on in North Korea.


“If people come out with big smiles on their faces we have done something wrong,” the director added.

The production will not be easy to watch, according to cast member Rosie Thorpe.

The 25-year-old plays about eight parts throughout but her main role is Katherine, Winston’s wife.

“It is not for the faint-hearted,” she said. “There is a lot of torture, violence and explicit scenes but it is important to the story.”

Orwell wrote of a society which was controlled by Big Brother and left citizens brainwashed by the idea and Rosie thinks today’s surveillance is very similar to what he explored.

“You could walk home from work and be caught on 50 different surveillance cameras and not know.

“It is the idea that you are constantly being watched,” she added.

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