If you haven’t quite achieved the appropriate degree of existential despair required for election week, or you just want a nice cheap day out, check this out. There will be a free, all-day reading of George Orwell’s epochal dystopian novel ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ performed at Senate House, the inspiration for the book’s sinister Ministry of Truth.
Fifty speakers – including Orwell’s son Richard Blair, musician Billy Bragg and activist Jack Monroe – will participate in the event, staged ‘as an act of subversion’ by the Orwell Foundation and UCL Festival of Culture. Helmed by theatre director Hannah Price, the readings will be enhanced by actors and projections, and it should generally be a lot of fun, provided you find a parable about the state’s ability to crush the human spirit to dust enjoyable.
It is free and you can stay all day if you like, though if the room hits capacity it will switch to one in, one out. Oh, and Big Brother will presumably be watching you, so, you know, be cool.
‘1984: Live’ is at Senate House, Tue Jun 6, 9am-10pm. Free.