Down and Out in Paris and London at the New Diorama


A new production of George Orwell's Down and Out in Paris and London, written, adapted and directed by David Byrne, will run at the New Diorama Theatre in north London from 19 April to 14 May 2016.

"In 1927, struggling writer Eric Blair plunged himself into the Parisian underworld, trying to find inspiration for his first book. When he emerged he had written one of history’s starkest accounts of life on the extreme breadline and had created the persona of George Orwell, who was to go on to create some of the most influential political writings of the last century."

This production weaves together both George in 1920’s Paris and Polly in modern London as they try to navigate their way through life in a world of poverty, zero-hours contracts, labour-exchanges, universal credit and crippling inequality.

The adaptation premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015, and is produced in London by New Diorama Theatre, PIT, Greenwich Theatre and The Pleasance.

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