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Dramatised by Paul Stebbings & Phil Smith

Director Paul Stebbings

Musical score Christian Auer

Producer Grantly Marshall

ADG Europe productions with TNT theatre Britain



1984 may well be the most significant work of modern fiction. The company brings this work to the stage without seeking to simplify  its message or dilute its power. The brilliance of 1984 is not only that it predicts a surveillance society in which we now exist, or that it exposes the lies behind every totalitarian ideology or belief, but that it explores these  themes inside the human mind as well as in the outer world. “Thought Control” is the aim of the State in 1984, and this will be achieved by destroying language so that it is impossible to commit “Thought Crime”. 

Is Orwell’s vision any different from the dumbing down of our communication through digital media, the collapse of writing and the triumph of the digital banal?  Orwell predicts a world where Ideology vanishes under the crushing impact of brute power, power for its own corrupt sake.  Meanwhile, as Orwell predicted, War becomes a continuous condition of life, one that justifies any and every form of repression in the name of nothing.

Against this pessimistic background stands the simple heroism and  physical desire of the main chracters: Winston and Julia. Their journey through quiet rebellion to hope and despair happens in the outside world and within their minds. Our production follows their external and internal journey until they meet in the torture chambers of Room 101.  Paul Stebbings directs a thriller and a love story, a mind game and an end game. Illuminated by a modern rock score from Christian Auer this production aims to tell what may be the greatest story of our time as we stumble towards an”Orwellian” future where Big Brother is watching YOU.

Avena  Mansergh-Wallace

It is Avenas first time working with TNT. Her roles include Mother, Cook and the Washerwoman.

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Ellen Victoria

Ellen made her first appearance for TNT in THE WAVE earlier this year and is now playing the role of Julia.

Bruno Roubicek

after many years of touring internationally with Forced Entertainment Bruno is back with TNT after many years, playing the role of O'Brian in 1984. 

Jack Herlihy  

After working as a hospital doctor in the  British health service, Jack has returned to acting and had his first appearance with TNT in THE WAVE. In 1984 he plays the role of Winston.

Tom Vercnocke

Tom, also a professional drummer and percussionist,  and starred at the BBC Night of the Proms in 2018 . His first production with TNT was THE WAVE earlier this year. He will be playing the roles  of Parsons, Police, Charrington and others

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