An interesting adaptation of George Orwell’s ‘1984’, performed by a young company creating political and psychological theatre, this show leaves the audience with much to think about. A clever use of minimal props makes the individual nature of the protagonist, Winston Smith, shine through, and Theo Gordon, who portrays Smith, perfectly channels the character’s apathy and anger towards Big Brother. Kate Hesketh’s Julia is sexy and confident, offering the best performance in the production. Meanwhile the establishment’s O’Brien, played by Dan Addis, is clearly separated from the others by clever use of costuming, while the technical elements are also strong. Some scenes need sharpening up, but this is very good for so young a theatre company.
Zoo, 3-27 August (not 8, 15, 22) Aug, 6.40pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Conor Riordan]