Tue 8 - Sat 12 May, Keble O'Reilly Theatre
"But wouldn't you like to be free to be happy in some other way? In your own way … not in everybody else's way."
Set 600 years in the future, ‘Brave New World’ anticipates a totalitarian World State where "Everybody's Happy Now". It's a society structured by eugenics, a strict rank system, and the distribution of free narcotics to every citizen; the family has been abolished and babies are grown in bottles. Even feeling "love" for another person has become socially unacceptable. But when two high ranking members of the society bring back a scandalous secret from the 'Reserve' that has been left behind in the dust, the results are explosive.
Although written 87 years ago, Huxley’s novel is still startlingly relevant today. The fusion of innovative projection and visual design with choreography inspired by Berkoff and Frantic Assembly will bring the novel to life in a vivid and hard-hitting way not seen before. This brand new adaptation offers a deeper exploration of the themes that Huxley addressed while also bringing in important and topical questions of queer theory and widening Huxley’s examination of gender dynamics.
The use of stylised choral movement sparks the age-old conflict between the individual and society and asks: Is it better to be happy or free?
Duration: 2 hours 20mins with interval
Performance contains Strobe Lighting.
Themes of suicide; alcoholism; sexual suggestion/violence; drugs and one instance of swearing.
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