It’s a pretty well-known fact that the inspiration for George Orwell’s Ministry of Truth in his cautionary dystopian novel 1984 is the Senate House of Bloomsbury. (Whether the real Room 101, currently occupied by the University of London Students’ Union, is the one Winston Smith encountered those rats in in the mind of the author is still up for debate…)
What better place then to stage a free, all-day live reading of the book?
A host of cultural figures, including Billy Bragg, Ken Loach, Peter Hitchens and Samira Ahmed, will be taking part in the reading of the novel on Tuesday 6 June.
The production, described ‘as an act of subversion’ by the Orwell Foundation, will also include immersive staged elements, submerging audiences in the world of Big Brother, IngSoc and The Party.
Entry is free and people are invited to drop in at any point and stay as long as they like. The production starts at 9am.
For those of you who can’t make the show in person, you can always catch it on the live stream.
SOAS now occupies the North Block of the iconic Senate House. The doors opened at the start of the 2017-18 academic year but it all felt rather official with the unveiling of the SOAS letters above the door last week.