For Orlando, it doesn’t really matter.
As visionary today as it was when written in 1928, Virginia Woolf’s dazzling novel on gender fluidity is gleefully adapted, extending across centuries to the present day. As Orlando travels between historical periods, countries and lovers, glancing knowingly at the audience, their journey is caught on camera, mixed with pre-recorded footage and projected – all with a wardrobe team making quick-fire changes in plain sight.
Regular collaborators Katie Mitchell and Alice Birch explore Woolf’s material, interweaving life and art, reality and fiction, in an optimistic examination of how people, nature, systems and reigns are in a constant state of flux. Featuring a narrator, eight actors and crew synchronised to the second with adept precision, Orlando defies rigid categorisation in more ways than one.
Age Recommendation: 16+
(sexual content, nudity, violence and scenes that some people may find upsetting)
Katie Mitchell and Alice Birch turn in a breathlessly enjoyable, hyper-intricate stage version of Virginia Woolf's gender-shifting classic