Actor Alan Cox performs ‘An Incident in Rangoon’, one of Orwell’s preliminary sketches for Burmese Days. Adapted by Dominic Cavendish, exclusively for the Orwell Prize Launch 2010: What next for Burma?
Alan Cox is a respected actor on stage and screen. Before attending LAMDA, he appeared as a young John Mortimer in A Voyage Round My Father (opposite Sir Laurence Olivier) and as Young Watson in Young Sherlock Holmes. He recently played David Frost in the US national tour of Frost/Nixon (and was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award) and appeared as George Orwell and O’Brien in Orwell: A Celebration during summer 2009.
Dominic Cavendish is comedy critic for the Daily Telegraph as well as its deputy theatre critic, and has written on theatre and the arts for The Independent, Time Out and The Big Issue. He is also the founder of theatreVOICE. In 2008, he adapted George Orwell’s Coming Up for Air as a one-man show (starring Hal Cruttenden) at the Edinburgh Festival; it also formed the basis for summer 2009’s Orwell: A Celebration, for which Dominic also adapted ‘A Hanging’, ‘Shooting an Elephant’ and part of 1984.