29 Apr, Sun, 4pm
Chamber, Festival House
(1h, no intermission)
Free with registration
Please be seated at least 15 minutes before the programme begins. Unclaimed seats may be given away to walk-in patrons. Limited walk-in spaces are available at the venue.
George Orwell’s 1984 has captivated and terrified generations of readers since its publication in 1949. The novel describes a futuristic society where a shadowy government exercises absolute control over the lives of its citizens. This chilling imagination of state power is prescient and casts a dark shadow over modern-day politics as we know it. It opens our minds to the effects of global war, the instruments of totalitarianism, the threat of mass media, and the abuse of language.
Dr Gwee Li Sui will also be delivering this insightful lecture that draws out these Orwellian lessons for our time. The original 1984 will be analysed in a way that will also shed light on Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillian’s powerful stage adaptation. Dr Gwee will assess the damage to individuality under oppressive conditions created by propaganda, fake news, surveillance, and indoctrination. He will also discuss the novel’s cultural impact and changing relevance across almost seven decades.
Photo credit: Gwee Li Sui