- 18 July 2016: Alexander Ballinger for Go West London
From the opening scene, it’s clear this is not a page-for-page adaption of George Orwell’s final novel before his death, as our lead man Winston -played flawlessly by Andrew Gower– finds himself somewhere outside of time, and in some kind of book group discussion on the unforgettable work.
This bouncing around in time (or Winston’s mind) runs throughout the play and is a perfect device to draw parallels between the predicted-reality of 1984 and the modern times.
Overall the cast were well suited to their roles, but there were two performers who controlled the stage and our attention with blistering intensity: Andrew Gower as Winston and Angus Wright as the enigmatic, charismatic O’Brien.
Gower‘s gormless stumbling about the staged juxtaposed with his profound and deeply philosophical monologues perfectly captured the conflicted but clueless hero of the tale.
(Source: Go West London)
- 29 July 2016: London Theatre Direct
Being Human favourite Andrew Gower takes on the lead role of Winston with perfection, being suitably nervous and intense where appropriate. His character was only slightly relatable, which was a bold artistic decision I think; he could have just as easily made the character someone all of the audience could feel involved with throughout the show, but it felt as though he was one of us and then torn away from us all under one breath which just added to the intensity of the piece.
(Source: London Theatre Direct)
- 31 July 2016: Jack Peat for The London Economic
Andrew Gower, playing Winston Smith, really brings this aspect to life. The scars of oppression are laid barefaced and the mental struggle of dealing with bitter isolation doused with sporadic moments of hope is brilliantly delivered, allowing the audience to experience the nightmarish state and by proxy relate it to society in 2016.
(Source: The London Economic)