Vendredi 28 septembre / Orwell’s down and out live / Lecture, projection et débat (ANG & FR)

Lectures, projections, débat (en anglais et en français) autour de l’expérience sous-prolétarienne de Georges Orwell à Paris au début du siècle dernier, telle qu’il l’a immortalisé dans son ouvrage autobiographique « Dans la Dèche à Paris et à Londres (Down and out in Paris and London) », publié en 1933. Ce sera l’occasion de débattre sur la triste actualité de ce questionnement dans les villes-monde que sont aujourd’hui Paris et Londres.

– De 14h à 20h
– Entrée libre réservation :


In the second installment of Down and Out: Live project, The Orwell Foundation is bringing George Orwell’s classic book to Paris after it’s sell-out performance in London in June (which you can watch here). It’s an immersive performance, which asks searching questions about homelessness today. A performance in both French and English.

Orwell wrote Down and Out in Paris and London as a result of his own experiences sleeping rough and working on what would now be called zero-hours contracts in hotel kitchens. The dramatised reading draws on other pieces of writing by Orwell, including his diaries, The Spike and A Clergyman’s Daughter. Modern stories from the streets will be woven into the original text, alongside poems specially comissioned from three contemporary poets. Readers will include writers, activists, politicians, and young people who have been homeless.

The original performance took place in London on 6th June as part of UCL’s Festival of Culture, and will be repeated at La Générale in Paris on 28th September.

The event is the result of a collaboration between The Orwell Foundation, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Libby Brodie Productions and UCL. It is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

The events will be accompanied by new poetic responses in English and French and a short film will be produced by the award-winning film-maker Edwin Mingard.

The performance will be live streamed and viewing events will be arranged in libraries and community hubs across the UK, with both the London and Paris performances being recorded in full and being made publicly available.

Get involved in Down and Out: LIVE

Libraries, bookshops, and community hubs can organise screenings. The performance will be live-streamed online. So, with the help of a computer, internet connection, and a screen or projector, members of the public can get involved in this nationwide event. On the day, it’s as easy as setting up a computer, a projector and some speakers, and clicking the link to get the live-stream started. Ask your local library whether they are hosting a viewing! We have also prepared a suggested reading list on Orwell and Homelessness. There’s fiction, non-fiction, and books for Young Adults, from classics to contemporary works.

Cast and Creatives

Director Hannah Price

Producer Libby Zietsman-Brodie

Production Manager Ben Krebs

Lighting Designer Robbie Butler

Sound Designer Faser Milroy

Set & Costume Octavia Crawford-Collins

Stage Manager & Board Op Lara Goncalves

Assistant Director Callum Brodie

ASM Ben Tooth

ASM Connor Stewart

James Marshall

Graeme Stirling

Allie Croker

Olivia Bromley

Jordan Pitt

Eleanor Westbrook

Megan Leigh Mason

Jo Ben Ayed


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