Long before George Orwell envisioned a world in which Big Brother would supplant our freedoms, he was in His Majesty’s foreign service. There he saw the despotism with which his countryman lorded it over the natives.
In “Burmese Days,” adapted and directed by (and featuring) Ryan Kiggell in an aya theatre world premiere production at 59E59 Theaters as part of Brits Off Broadway through December 4th, Orwell explores the intrigues and petty territorialism of a British Club in colonial Burma.
By 1934, the hot sun of the Empire had begun to set. Orwell’s first novel, “Burmese Days,” catches its last few rays before it fades as the inhabitants of Kyauktada squabble and drink.
The cast of six, featuring along with Kiggell, Charlotte Allam, Amerjit Deu, Zak Shukor, Elisa Terren, and Jamie Zubari in a variety of roles, relates the tale, and embodies characters (and critters) in the tropical land.
The political machinations and petty rivalries in this small provincial world are depicted with admirable exactitude. “Burmese Days” is an interesting theatrical work, that is both a play and a series of monologues and narrations.