Published on May 1st, 2014 | by Greg Elliott - Director0
St Peter’s College and Seymour College production : Brave New World.
The combined St Peter’s College and Seymour College production for 2014 is Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. The setting is a society in the future that breeds people into different social classes and keeps everyone “happy” through social conditioning and the taking of a state approved drug, soma, that prevents individuals from experiencing strong emotions. The Alphas and the Betas are the more intelligent and the Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons are bred to do all menial work. Everyone in the society is bred to conform to the rules and codes of behaviour created by the leaders of the society. Brought into this world is a man and his mother who are “savages” from a “Reservation”, a place that is wilder, freer and connected to nature. Most individuals in the “brave new world” do not cope with change or individuals who break the rules and they have to deal with inner conflicts when they come across strangers with a different understanding of life and what it is to be human.
Brave New World has a large cast and it provides numerous demanding and challenging roles for actors. It is a drama that deals with serious issues and themes but there will be plenty of comedy and entertainment given the nature of the ordered society. Scott Russell has cleverly transformed the Saints Drama Centre into a technological futuristic world and Kerry Elliott’s tribal ceremony choreography promises to be a very exciting and highly anticipated finish to Act One.
Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.trybooking.com/85205.