Review: Memory Piece, Lisa Ko

Published in The Observer on March 24, 2024

The first section of Lisa Ko’s novel follows a Chinese-American artist, Giselle Chin, who in 1996 begins a durational work called Memory Piece: she writes down her memories for seven hours a day, for a year – and at the end she burns the lot. But in Memory Piece, the book, the documenting of life becomes something precious and worth preserving.

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Dawn King on adapting Brave New World

Published in Royal & Derngate theatre programme/Theatre Cloud on September 15, 2015

“We live in a dystopia now.” So claims playwright Dawn King, who’s adapted Aldous Huxley’s great dystopian novel, Brave New World. “We’re walking round with tiny computers in our pockets. Our government probably knows everything about us; our phone companies definitely do, even your calorie intake and heart rate. At the same time there are boatloads of people dying to get into countries like ours… it’s pure dystopia. We live in the future, and the future’s failed us.” Continue reading “Dawn King on adapting Brave New World”

From A Brave New World to 1984: why dystopian novels are invading the theatre

Published in The Independent on Sunday on June 14, 2015

“We live in a dystopia now.” So claims playwright Dawn King.

“We’re walking round with these tiny computers in our pockets: your government probably knows everything about you; your phone company definitely knows everything about you – even your calorie intake; you spread all this information everywhere you go, and yet at the same time there are boatloads of people dying to get into a country like ours …. We live in the future and the future’s kind of failed us.” Continue reading “From A Brave New World to 1984: why dystopian novels are invading the theatre”