George Orwell’s 1989: A “Swift” 10 Minute Adaptation

TEN MINUTE: In a world where government controls what music can be heard, Winston longs for the freedom to change his tune. A parody of George Orwell’s classic “1984” where Taylor Swift is Big Sister.
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George Orwell’s 1989: A “Swift” 10 Minute Adaptation

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  • Dave Osmundsen:
    2 Oct. 2019
    A brilliantly clever pop culture satire centering on the obsessive fandom of Taylor Swift. The references to both the pop singer and George Orwell are beautifully woven in throughout, and I was kept in my toes in anticipation of the next Swift lyric reference. Well-done!
  • Cheryl Bear:
    5 May. 2019
    I'm dying, the pop-culture twist on the classic is a hit. Extremely funny and delightful!
  • Kel Vance:
    31 Oct. 2018
    Such a fantastically inventive comedic take. So enjoyed reading it, would love to see it on stage. It's sure to have an audience erupt with belly laughs! Wonderful for any play festival line-up.

Character Information

  • WINSTON
    Male
  • JULIA
    Female
  • O’BRIEN
    Any gender
    O'Brien written in George Orwell’s novel as male, but can be played by any gender.
  • PARTY MEMBER
    Any gender
    Played by the same actor playing O’Brien.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    Short+Sweet Sydney
    ,
    2018
  • High School
    ,
    Peekskill High School
    ,
    2018
  • Fringe
    ,
    Short+Sweet Hollywood
    ,
    2017

Awards

Semi-Finalist
,
Ten Minute Comedy Contest
,
Rover Dramawerks
,
2017
Winner
,
People's Choice - Week 1
,
Short+Sweet Hollywood
,
2017