Animal Farm was originally published in England in 1945, on the heels of World War II. George Orwell wrote the book during the war as a cautionary fable in order to expose the seriousness of the dangers posed by Stalinism and totalitarian government.
Animal Farm is an uncompromising analysis of human society that is understandably used as a set work in schools around the world. Of course, it has particular relevance to events in South Africa, which gives the book a greater depth for local students to savour. The Tshwane University of Technology Department of Drama and Film (Drama) intends to create a stage production adaptation of the book. This fast-moving dramatisation of George Orwell’s classic satire Animal Farm is fresh and immensely enjoyable without jeopardising the savagery of the original material.
The TUT Drama Programme’s production of Animal Farm will not rely on the spectacle, but is a physical storytelling feast! It is devised as a site-specific experience where the audience is invited into the performance space and enticed to participate in the journey. This physical theatre performance is created in Janine Lewis’ distinctive style and will take place in the Breytenbach Theatre, Gerhard Moerdyk Street, Sunnyside.
The show runs from 20 to 30 March 2012.
Daily shows at 19:00, with matinees on 21 and 24 March at 15:00.