Explore Manchester Central Library after dark with an immersive theatre show inspired by Orwell’s 1984


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This winter, you can explore the dramatic world of Manchester Central Library after hours with a new immersive theatre production inspired by George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984.

Called 2084, the show aims to take the audience inside a totalitarian state that monitors every act, word and thought of its citizens.

In our era of social media and digital corporations – when everyone is tracked, analysed and influenced – Orwell’s compelling vision has never been more pertinent. 

The production has been designed specifically for Manchester Central Library to make the most of its extraordinary spaces including its circular reading room, an atmospheric space lined with bookshelves and lit partly by natural light from the glass ‘oculus’ in the centre of the dome and partly by a circle of Art Deco style lights.

The show itself takes place after dark, once the library has closed, and puts the audience at the heart of the 2084 experience.

If the premise sounds familiar, it’s because an early version of 2084 was trialled at Manchester Central Library earlier this year, where it received rave reviews from audiences. This new, developed version is even more adventurous, say the theatre company.

“Orwell’s novel shocked readers with its vision of the future,” says 2084‘s writer Adam Taub.

“2084 updates that vision and explores how fragile are the freedoms that we take for granted.”

This new production of 2084 is being premiered in Manchester Central Library and is presented by Pure Expression – an immersive theatre company that reimagines classic stories in unique locations.

Pure Expression were also the team behind the sell-out production of Frankenstein in 2018 at Manchester Central Library.

This production is directed by Joe Hufton (Secret Cinema, Alice’s Adventures Underground, Les Enfants Terrible) and features an original soundscape composed by Dom James as well as a live performance by Manchester soul singer, Charlie Cooper.

The Party Bar will be open 30 minutes before showtime where you can grab a drink while you watch a live performance by Charlie Cooper and become an integral part of this iconic story.

Due to the nature of certain scenes in this production, and the licensed bar, it’s only suitable for over 18s.

Welcome to the Party.

2084 will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings from 22nd November to 14th December at Manchester Central Library with performances at 6.30pm and 9pm. Tickets are £20 (or £15 for early bird tickets).



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