Students will find the fear of Big Brother is back on a Dubbo stage this week - and it has nothing to do with eviction from a house.
Shake & Stir Theatre Company will perform '1984', the George Orwell creation that has shocked readers for more than 60 years and helped inspire a reality television show.
The new stage adaptation promises to bring the author's final novel "screaming into the present".
Its performance tomorrow at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre (DRTCC) will also add a dimension to the studies of high school students.
Four school groups were coming for the show, one of which was from Coonabarabran, DRTCC manager Alan Youngson said yesterday.
A resource kit from the company also challenges students to "imagine a world where the government saw everything you did, read every text message you sent, every site you visited online" and then imagine a safe place and write about it.
The resource kit with its 11 activities and discussion questions is available on the DRTCC website.
The production contemplates the "ultimate crime against humanity" - the total destruction of truth, freedom and individuality in favour of surveillance, obedience and conformity - and co-artistic director Nick Skubij said it was their aim to blur the lines between reality and horror.
Audiences of all ages can also see the five-member cast in action tonight and tickets are available at the theatre box office or online.