Inspired by Ray Bradbury’s visionary novel Fahrenheit 451, this incendiary outdoor performance recounts the story of a society in which books are banned and firemen are employed to burn them.
451 combines immersive sound, dramatic action and pyrotechnics to depict a dystopic society where literature is outlawed and acts of violence are rewarded. It recounts the story of a post-truth world where people have turned their back on knowledge and nothing is what it seems.
Bradbury’s classic text has proven prophetic, reflected in the rise of the iPad, surveillance, interactive media, the televised pursuit of fugitives, and the continuing radical power of the written word. As we witness a rise in monitoring and attacks on freedom of expression we might even believe that there could be a future where books may once again hold a secret knowledge…
“A darkly beautiful rendition of a classic dystopian novel. Successfully paring the story down to its essence, Periplum reconfigures it for our thoroughly networked age. Brutally beautiful, verse-like propagandist speeches embrace the digital encroachment of social media, even as we take photos on our phones. The sensory impact of this strikingly choreographed, hauntingly scored and book-blazing touring show hits you straight in the gut.” **** The Stage
Please note, this performance is ticketed due to limited capacity, but tickets are free.
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Produced by Corn Exchange Newbury.