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As pertinent in 2016 as it was in post-war 1948 or, indeed, 1984, Orwell’s paranoid masterpiece, so etched as it is in the fabric of society, has become a contemporary parable of socialism. Its themes of government surveillance and authoritarian control can be applied just as easily to today’s right-leaning rhetoric towards the EU and perceived media manipulation by the Facebooks and Googles of the world.

Durham Empty Shop’s happening speakeasy vibe (make sure you ring the doorbell to get in) should be the perfect setting for the Feather Theatre Company’s stage adaptation of the dystopian nightmare, taking place from Sunday 6th until Tuesday 8th March. After a similar sold-out run in November last year, they promise loud noises, strobe effects and scenes of a disturbing nature.

Durham’s best kept secret, Empty Shop HQ is an arts organisation with regular live music nights, theatre, film and exhibitions, and they have recently hosted the likes of Withered Hand and Dressed Like Wolves as well as open mic poetry, jazz and folk sessions. In the upstairs venue, that until a couple of years ago was a barber shop, audiences should expect the unexpected, but will be sure to experience underground arts at its best.

Insert your own thoughtcrime punchline here.

1984 is performed at Empty Shop HQ, Durham from Sunday 6th until Tuesday 8th March.


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