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Winston Smith is in prison, found guilty of Thoughtcrimes against Big Brother. As part of his reconstruction, he must re-enact key moments from his past life, with the help of other thought criminals, so that everyone can learn from his mistakes. Including his biggest mistake of all: falling in love with Julia. George Orwell's classic dystopia 1984 is a still-resonant vision of the tolls of living under totalitarianism. Constructed almost entirely from dialogue taken from the original novel, this bold and powerful dramatisation restores the blazing heart of Orwell's work: a doomed love story, with the lovers at its centre.

Open Get Together and Auditions

Get Together - Friday 4th November @ 7.30pm in the Hippodrome Foyer

Auditions - Saturday 12th November - Times to be confirmed.

TAODS is delighted to announce the date for our open get-together and auditions for our upcoming performance of 1984 in February 2023. The get-together is always a very informal and welcoming evening open to long standing members and brand new people thinking of joining us for the first time. We usually get together over a drink, hear what the director's vision of the play is, find out more about the audition process and have a read through the script. It is always a great evening so we hope to see you there.

Character synopsis

The following character breakdown is only a guide; gender and age can be deviated from depending on how the actors work together:

Winston (male, 30 plus): Blends in as best as he can but hides a rebellious nature that is fighting to find expression. Haunted by guilt from his childhood.

O’Brien (male, 40 plus): Member of the inner party. Highly intelligent, but unflinchingly dogmatic; believes the power of the Party to be an end in itself.

Winston 2 (any gender): As Winston, but acts out the events leading to his capture.

Julia (female, 20 plus): A free spirit but adept at blending in. Despite the dystopian nature of the world, Julia is able to find as much happiness as it is possible to experience due to her courage and resourcefulness.

Parsons (any gender, same actor as Charrington): Neighbour of Winston and devoted party member described as of ‘paralysing stupidity, a mass of imbecile enthusiasms.

Charrington (any gender, same actor as Parsons): Seemingly old man who owns the junk shop.

NOTE: Winston 2, Julia, and Parsons/Charrington also double up as other minor roles.