Popular Animal Farm Returns Live On Stage
Friday, 07 May 2021Griffith Regional Theatre is serving up a show that is fast, furious and full of grunt.
George Orwell’s powerfully potent and profoundly popular Animal Farm returns in a multi-award winning theatre production.
Queensland-based shake & stir theatre co’s critically-acclaimed, national award-winning production of Animal Farm has returned to the stage in 2021 to stampede the country.
The intensely powerful tale illustrates with stunning clarity and grotesque beauty how greed and power corrupts and, with devastating consequences, can change the course of history.
Revolution has taken place at Manor Farm. The pigs have assumed control and under the principles of Animalism a better life free from human service is promised to all. Guided by a simple set of rules and an unrelenting respect for authority, it is not long until the rules that promised freedom become the chains that bind the animals once again.
This highly acclaimed presentation of Animal Farm will play at Griffith Regional Theatre on Wednesday, 26 May. It has collected over 15 Theatre Awards including - PAC Australia’s National Tour of the Year, Best Production and Best Director at the Queensland Matilda Awards and, following its premiere season, Brisbane’s Courier-Mail announced it as the Best Mainstage Production of the Year.
The dexterous performers portray over 40 animals between them, with each actor morphing physically and vocally in front of the audience as they bring the farmyard inhabitants to life.
The play’s adaptor for the stage, Nick Skubij said, “We are so thrilled to have the opportunity to revisit this production. It was a joy to create and to now be given the chance to safely return and tour it for six-months nationally, is just fantastic. Animal Farm has stood by me since I first read it and it still holds great relevance to audiences in 2021. The novel’s ability to clearly, concisely and deeply affect the reader, whilst presenting on the surface as a simple, almost childish parable is astounding and now more than ever – its message should be heard.”
“Although our production is an honest and faithful retelling of the novel, audiences will be surprised to see how it has stood the test of time. It’s quite possible the happenings as described on Animal Farm could unfold on the evening news on any given night. The timing of this tour comes hot on the heels of a once in a generation health pandemic and at a time when the entire human population has undergone something of a pause and a reset. I hope this production continues to encourage audiences to question the way we live, our ideals, our aspirations and provokes spirited conversation in the theatre foyers,” said Skubij.
Acting Manager of Griffith Regional Theatre Margaret Andreazza said, “It is always a pleasure to have shake & stir theatre co perform in the Theatre. Their unique take on classic stories really bring the characters to life, and their performances are unforgettable for audiences,”
“Their last few performances here, including 1984, Dracula and Wuthering Heights, have been spectacular and loved by those that have seen them. Likewise, Animal Farm promises to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of 2021.”
Pig in now to avoid disappointment!
Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office, by calling 6962 8444 or visit www.griffithregionaltheatre.com.au
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