Thursday 7 August 2014 to Saturday 9 August 2014 (3 performances)
at Hampton Hill Theatre, 90 High Street, Hampton Hill, United Kingdom
George Orwell's Animal Farm is a perennial favourite, and this summer Youth Action Theatre returns to HHP with their take on the tale.
On Manor Farm, the animals are sick of their neglectful owner, Mr Jones, and inspired by the words of Major the boar, rise up against him. Under the leadership of the pigs, they set about creating a new world in which everyone will do their fair share of the work for a fair share of the rewards. But as time goes on, the pigs' ideas of "equality" increasingly conflict with the other animals'. It seems that though all animals are equal, some are more equal than others. Have the animals overthrown a tyrant in favour of something even worse?
Orwell published Animal Farm in 1945, using the form of a "fairy tale" to mercilessly satirise the brutal oppression of Stalin and his government. The novel was initially criticised for attacking Britain's wartime ally, but has since been vindicated by history and is now justly regarded as a popular classic. It has been adapted into many media, including a CIA-financed cartoon and a Pink Floyd concept album, and is immensely popular among refugees from oppressive regimes to this day. It's not for nothing that such regimes are called "Orwellian."
Peter Hall's adaptation, originally performed at the National Theatre, uses music and movement to bring this powerful and often chilling fable to the stage. The show is directed by Anna Carlson and Tom Wright in their first full production, with musical direction from James Hall. The large and talented cast promise to make this a colourful spectacle, portraying pigs, cows, chickens, ravens and even (whisper it) one or two humans.
Come along and support the Revolution, but remember - "Four legs good, two legs bad!"Animal Farm
by George Orwell
Stage adaptation by Peter Hall