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Orwell's Down and Out: LIVE IN PARIS

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Orwell's Down and Out: LIVE IN PARIS

In the second installment of our Down and Out: Live project, The Orwell Foundation is bringing George Orwell’s classic book to Paris after its sell-out performance in London in June.

The immersive performance, which asks searching questions about homelessness today, will take place at La Générale in Paris on 28th September from 2pm until 6pm (CEST) followed by a policy debate from 6:30-8.00pm (CEST). The performance will take place in both French and English.

Orwell wrote Down and Out in Paris and London as a result of his own experiences sleeping rough and working on what would now be called zero-hours contracts in hotel kitchens. The dramatised reading draws on other pieces of writing by Orwell, including his diaries, The Spike and A Clergyman’s Daughter. Modern stories from the streets will be woven into the original text, alongside poems specially commissioned from three contemporary poets. Readers will include writers, activists, politicians, and young people who have been homeless.

The event is the result of a collaboration between The Orwell Foundation, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Libby Brodie Productions and UCL. It is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

The events will be accompanied by new poetic responses in English and French and a short film will be produced by the award-winning film-maker Edwin Mingard.

Cast and Creatives

Director Hannah Price

Producer Libby Zietsman-Brodie

Production Manager Ben Krebs

Lighting Designer Robbie Butler

Sound Designer Fraser Milroy

Set & Costume Octavia Crawford-Collins

Stage Manager & Board Op Lara Goncalves

Assistant Director Callum Brodie

ASM Ben Tooth

ASM Connor Stewart

Cast - James Marshall, Graeme Stirling, Allie Croker, Olivia Bromley, Jordan Pitt, Eleanor Westbrook, Megan Leigh Mason, Jo Ben Ayed

Video production team

Live stream director Matt Aucott

Camera operators Patrick Robinson & Alejandro Salinas Lopez

Live stream technical support Maurice Brown



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