It’s all over, Orwell
“Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print,” George Orwell advised in his signature essay on writing, Politics and the English Language.
If that’s the case, maybe “Orwellian” is one of those prefab words that needs to be edited from daily use and abuse in political and cultural writing. Too bad. It sure does come in handy.
It’s all over, Orwell, Theatre Conspiracy’s latest work-in-progress, mines Orwell’s body of work to examine the income divide, propaganda and imperialism.
We completed our first creation session over the past few weeks at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts in Burnaby, our coproducer along with Pi Theatre. Next July, we’ll be in residence again at the Shadbolt and premiere the show there in November 2016.
Lead by director Richard Wolfe, the cast included Nneka Croal and Brett Harris with live music and compositions by Jon Wood, set, lights and props by designer Lauchlin Johnston, and stage management by David “DK” Kerr.
Thanks to cast and crew, Cory Philley at the Shadbolt, and everyone who came out for a peek on Halloween.