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70th Anniversary of 1984 marked by new production from NST’s Youth Theatre

Tue 23 July, 2019

70th Anniversary of 1984 marked by new production from NST’s Youth Theatre

Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre will bring to the stage George Orwell’s seminal novel 1984 to mark the 70th anniversary since its publication. Directed by Liam Gifford and performed by members of the Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre, the production runs at Nuffield Southampton Theatres (NST) on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th August.


At the Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith spends his days rewriting history. At his home, he secretively spends his evenings longing for a brighter future. When a mystery love note crosses his palm he decides to risk the unknown consequences which await such Thought Criminals in Room 101 in search for the truth…War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength.


This spectacular production of 1984 brings together young people from across the region who will undertake an intensive ten-day rehearsal period to bring the story to life.


Liam Gifford, NST Youth Theatre Director said, “The Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre team are greatly looking forward to working with both long-standing and new youth theatre members on this production, many of whom will be introduced to this classic text for the first time. Bringing together young people from across the region to work together provides us with an exciting opportunity to showcase the wealth of theatrical talent which is on our door step. Mixing this with our highly-experienced designers, our outstanding technical team and the state-of-the-art facilities at NST City, this promises to be a production not to be missed!”


“The story of 1984 is one which has so many parallels with how our society has developed throughout the decades since its initial publication 70 years ago. Orwell’s discussions on surveillance, fear and the exerting of power through the distorting of reality feel particularly pertinent given the current climate we find ourselves living in. In our production we are particularly excited at exploring how advancements in technology have led to us enabling closer scrutiny and surveillance of our private lives by those in power. This is something we as a society are enabling through the increased use of smart phones and smart speakers in our day-to-day lives, meaning that it is becoming increasingly more difficult for us to be left with our own thoughts, a frightening similarity to the function of the telescreens in 1984.”


Nuffield Southampton Youth Theatre meet weekly at NST City in Southampton’s city centre and offer young people aged 13-25 years a fast moving, supportive environment in which to learn and develop theatre and drama skills.


Tickets for 1984 start from £10 and available from the Box Office 023 8067 1771 or nstheatres.co.uk 


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