Review – ‘1984’ adaptation for the Italian stage: not a play about the past, but about us, now


Emilia Romagna Teatro has produced this stage adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four). The play is directed by Matthew Lenton, Artistic Director of Vanishing Point, a multi-award winning theatre company based in Glasgow, Scotland. The play is performed in Italian by young talented actors. As we all know, Italian politics and Big…

Continua a leggere →

Edward Snowden, Roberto Saviano and George Orwell: dangerous truths

The documentary film Citizenfour on whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations on the NSA surveillance programme was screened at the Biografestival in Bologna. In 2013 Edward Snowden’s Datagate revealed the greatest American plot to deprive citizens of some of their liberties and showed that Big Brother exists all around the Western World today. This is another issue…

Continua a leggere →

Democracy’s future: painless concentration camp for societies?


Erosion of democracy in contemporary society  “The final revolution: a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies”: fact or fiction? Writing about Berlusconi’s Italy also means discussing the shrinking of democracy in the contemporary Western world. Berlusconi’s ventennio (the twenty years from 1994 to 2014) is a privileged observatory of the negative tendencies of…

Continua a leggere →