Printable Copy1984
Finsart Studio
Until 02 Mar 2019

Review by Doug Phillips

Presented at the 2019 Adelaide Fringe Festival

“1984” is a brave choice for any performance group, let alone youth performers. Orwell’s original book contained some extremely adult concepts, and the performers in this production should be acknowledged for their maturity in understanding these concepts and portraying them for an audience.

The challenge for this particular group didn’t seem to be the subject matter, but simple volume. After seeing the effort they’ve had put in to developing their characters, learning their lines, building their set, and everything else involved, it was a painful shame that so much was lost by the simple fact that we couldn’t hear what the actors were saying.

The audio-visual element was excellent, and vastly outshone the rest of the performance. Perhaps the skill levels in this area could have been capitalised on further with the use of more audio-visual effects through-out the production.

The Salisbury Youth Performing Arts Group and Space Time Performing Arts are to be commended for not only their commitment and support of youth performance, but for also not taking the easy option of a cheery, fun-loving, ‘safe’ show. It takes guts to attempt Orwell’s brilliant novel, and if you don’t have guts, you shouldn’t be in theatre.

Rating: 2 Stars (out of 5)