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Big Brother is Watching!
StageLight&Magic Inc. the theatre company which gave audiences the hilarious "Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr" and "Animal Farm" will present a radical adaptation of George Orwell's classic novel '1984' in June this year.

George Orwell was a quiet, decent Englishman who passionately hated two things: inequality and political lying. Out of his hatred of inequality came a desire for a society in which class privileges would not exist. This to him was "democratic socialism," His hatred of political lying and his support for socialism led him to denounce the political lie that what was going on in the Soviet Union had anything to do with socialism. As long as people equated the Soviet Union with socialism, he felt, no one could appreciate what democratic socialism might be like.

Perhaps no other novel in this century has had a greater impact upon the way we think and talk about our world than George Orwell's masterpiece, 1984. "Big Brother", "doublespeak", and "the thought police" have become part of our everyday lexicon, and the term "Orwellian" has become a familiar adjective for any situation-real or imagined-where conformity is compulsory and where someone always seems to be watching.

Orwell's novel also has the distinction of being, along with Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Yevgeny Zamyatin's We, Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange and his own Animal Farm, one of the most important works of anti-utopic fiction produced in this century. These novels, which began to flourish after World War I, imagine a nightmarish society where all that is ugly and perverse about human nature has prevailed, and people are powerless to resist an insidious, coercive order. In 1984, the insidious order is known as "Big Brother", a personification of the regime that both demands and ensures absolute loyalty and obedience from all of its citizens.

Big Brother is Watching is a dramatic adaptation of Orwell's novel and is a sharp, concise play that effectively conveys the message of Orwell's novel using minimal stage setting and just 14 characters. It tells of a world where a Government i.e. Big Brother, controls everything, from the way people dress and speak to the way they live and think.

Winston Smith, a worker in the Ministry of Truth is growing disillusioned with the system and its insistence on absolute control. He is joined in his office by Julia who is also a member of the party and who is in love with him. They join a group of conspirators who are attempting to overthrow the tyrannical regime of Big Brother. Their love has to be kept a secret and they get married despite a ban on the institution of marriage and live out in the 'prole' section of the city.

The proles, the proletarians are the workers of the system and are people not considered 'human' by Big Brother. The play follows their lives and exposes the torture, the cruelty meted out by Big Brother in his attempt to stay in power. It also exposes the hypocrisy that is so intertwined with the lives and behaviour of most politicians in our world today. Big Brother is also a reminder of the power that great nations wield over the small, the way powerful countries impose their will and their might on the weaker nations.

Big Brother is Watching will be staged from June 6 - 8. Shows will commence at 7.30 p.m. The production will be handled entirely by StageLight&Magic Inc. The play will be directed by Feroze Kamardeen, who also directed "The Legend of Macbeth", "Julius Caesar - The Anatomy of an Assassination", "Widows", "Accidental Death of an Anarchist", "The Compleat wrks of Wllm Shkspr" and "Animal Farm".

Big Brother is Watching stars some of the brightest new talent in English theatre including Marsh Dodanwela, Kisholi de Mel, and Chamath Arambewela.

Dialog GSM, John Keells Institute, National Lotteries Board and The Golden Key Company are sponsoring StageLight&Magic Inc.'s theatre activities for the year 2003. YES FM is the Electronic Media Sponsor and Sonali White of the Haddai Label is the official Costume Designer. The Sunday Times is the Official Newspaper.

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