1984: Auckland Arts Festival audio described performance and touch tour.


Tuesday, 20 March 2018, 5:45 pm - 9:30 pm

April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching.

Set in a world where an invasive government keeps a malevolently watchful eye on its citizens, this radical and much-lauded staging explores surveillance, identity and why George Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. Orwell’s fiction has become our reality.

From UK theatrical innovators Headlong, Orwell’s dystopian classic came roaring onto the stage in 2013 and since then it has become an international phenomenon. Seen by more than 500,000 people, it has enjoyed three hugely successful West End seasons and is a current hit on Broadway. Now as part of the Auckland Arts Festival, and to mark Auckland Theatre Company’s 25th anniversary, the chilling prescience of Orwell is presented in its New Zealand premiere.

A literary masterpiece meets sheer theatrical ambition as one of the 20th century’s greatest novels is given new life by some of the British theatre’s fastest rising stars.

1984. Book now. Big Brother is watching!

Recommended for ages 14+

Contains violence, strobe lighting and loud sound effects.

Touch tour 6pm (Meet in foyer 5.45pm).

Audio described performance 7pm.


Tickets $20 each for individual and companion.

The organisers and the Blind Foundation can also help people plan their visit, arrange volunteer companions and transport options.

To request a booking form, email access@aaf.co.nz. Book early as some events have limited capacity. Visit the Auckland Festival accessibility website for more information and to find booking forms, or phone 09 374 0310.

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ASB Waterfront Theatre
138 Halsey Street