Illias Teirlinck


hetpaleis & De Nwe Tijd/ Freek Vielen

Welcome to the 1984 (15+) travel page. We are delighted that you are interested in this production. The following page contains everything you need to make the show an outstanding one, in terms of both technical requirements and communications.

If you have any further queries concerning communications, please get in touch with Sarah Binnemans (+32 3 202 83 63). All other queries can be directed to Zita Epenge (+32 476 95 95 82).


A land located somewhere in the future, where the Big Brother Party controls everyone and everything. Cameras watch your every move, while every word you utter is closely monitored.

Winston is employed at the Ministry of Truth, where he rewrites history to match the Party line. He finds himself increasingly resisting the system he is compelled to serve, and he cautiously reaches out to those who share his views. But who can he trust?

It is only once Winston meets Julia that he finds an ally for his cause. They proceed to become lovers, and love conquers all… doesn’t it?

Freek Vielen and Rosa Vandervost have previously co-produced Niets and Doe de groeten aan de ganzen for hetpaleis. Now they have taken on one of the most famous novels of the last hundred years, 1984 by George Orwell, a book that has been required reading for generations of schoolchildren. While Orwell wrote 1984 in 1948, today it seems more relevant than ever, particularly for the youth.

trigger warning

The show deals with life under a dictatorship, and disturbing sound effects and
stroboscopic lighting are used.


language level 4

This production currently only exists in a dutch-spoken version. We can provide a version with subtitles or in case of a longer tour abroad a adaptation to an English or German version is also possible.

full registration

If you would like to see the full length video please contact Zita Epenge (+32 476 95 95 82).


interviews and reviews

Very balanced, text and play manage to interweave Orwell's essence with their own take on our virtual and polarizing reality anno now. | Pzazz


press images | © Illias Teirlinck

teaser - trailer


adapted from George Orwell
adapted and directed by Freek Vielen
written by Rosa Vandervost
performed by Louise Bergez and Suzanne Grotenhuis
music and performance by Harald Austbø and Kato Van Ermen
scenography and lighting by Sander Salden
assistant scenographer Emilie Poelmans
costumes Wim Muyllaert
with the support of the Belgian Federal Government Tax Shelter, through Casa Kafka
produced by De Nwe Tijd and hetpaleis

financial and technical conditions

Technical requirements

  • medium to large hall (width: min. 10m, depth: min. 10m, height: min. 6m)
  • set-up: 6 hours
  • crew: 6 persons
  • transport: driving license C

Max. audience

  • max. 500


  • 15 and older

Timing and performance fee