Chinese official media casts President Xi Jinping as an anti-corruption crusader; critics say he's authoritarian. The reality is that he is a man of contrasts whose traits are difficult to pin down.
Every crystal ball has a shelf life, even the most prescient.
Orwell's 1984 is a heavily laden text, which turned the author's name into a byword for authoritarian nightmare. So what can we take from the 2015 stage version at the Melbourne Festival?