Review of Brave New World at Darlington Civic Theatre
IT IS incredible to think that Brave New World was written by Aldous Huxley in the 1930s. It has such a modern feel and works so well today. This is one production, an adaptation by Dawn King, which will take you to another dimension. The futuristic settings range from the lab, supersonic transport, cinema, hospital and the savage reservation. The device of making the audience the new recruits of the London Hatchery and Conditioning Centre is very clever and draws the audience into the action.
Multiple screens and futuristic music transport you to a land you would find difficult to imagine. The citizens are named after the Greek alphabet with the Alphas ruling and the Betas with enough intelligence to complete their jobs but nothing else. Bernard Marx, Gruffudd Glyn, the inferior alpha, brings Shakespeare quoting John the Savage, William Postlethwaite, back from the Savage Reservation, where they are not conditioned and base instincts remain. As the two societies briefly mix World order is disturbingly disrupted.
An almost perfect production Brave New World is shockingly entertaining.