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"But wouldn't you like to be free to be happy in some other way? In your own way … not in everybody else's way."

Novel by Aldous Huxley

Adapted by Miranda Mackay

In association with FourSevenTwo Productions

Keble O'Reilly, May 2018

Set 600 years in the future, ‘Brave New World’ anticipates a totalitarian World State where "Everybody's Happy Now".


It's a society structured by eugenics, a strict rank system, and the distribution of free narcotics to every citizen; the family has been abolished and babies are grown in bottles. Even feeling "love" for another person has become socially unacceptable. But when two high ranking members of the society bring back a scandalous secret from the 'Reserve' that has been left behind in the dust, the results are explosive.

The fusion of innovative projection and visual design with choreography inspired by Berkoff and Frantic Assembly will bring the novel to life in a vivid and hard-hitting way not seen before.
This brand new adaptation offers a deeper exploration of the themes that Huxley addressed while also bringing in important and topical questions of queer theory and widening Huxley’s examination of gender dynamics. The use of stylised choral movement sparks the age-old conflict between the individual and society and asks:

Is it better to be happy or free?


Bernard Marx
Lenina Crowne
The Director
Helmholtz Watson
Henry Foster
Fanny Crowne
Benito Hoover
Hillary (SSVD)


Assistant Director
Assistant Producer

Projection and LX
Set Designer

Costume Designer


Company Stage Manager

Deputy Stage Manager


Photo Editor
Video Editor


Marketing Manager

Marketing Assistants



Graphic Design


Director of Photography

Sound Recordist


Georgie Botham

Miranda Mackay

Amy Thompson

Ella Tournes

Tracey Mwaniki

Seb Dows-Miller

Thomas Robertson

John Paul

Beth McCullagh

Kayla Kim

Ksenia Dugaeva

Poppy Eastwood
Ed Harris
Olivia Webster
Niamh Calway

Emilia Clark

Kitty Low

Laurie Sanderson

Sam Trevelyan

Max Rumbol

Francisca Csongrady

Anna Whitmore

Georgie Botham

Callum Bradshaw

Josh Cottell

The Brave New World trailer


The Cherwell

"The audience are thrown into the workings of the World State with a vigour that leaves no audience member falling to the wayside."


"It is evident that director Georgie Botham, a self-confessed Berkoff enthusiast, has a definite clarity of vision for this production. The ensemble erupt onto the stage as the play begins, bringing with them a heightened physical and visual presence that is simply a joy to watch."


"A production with such an emphasis on stylised characterisation and choral movement demands discipline and commitment on the part of actors. This production did not disappoint – far from it."


"I would urge Oxford’s theatre-lovers to head to the Keble O’Reilly to see this frankly brilliant production."

Read the full review HERE


Daily Info

"great style and precision"


"I admired the care taken over individual action and reaction from its every member at all times, indicating hours of concentrated preparation"


"The choreographed group movement was both fun and slightly menacing"

Read the full review HERE


BNW gallery

Photography and editing by Georgie Botham

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