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Monday, June 24, 2024

Orwell’s Animal Farm live on stage in Dubbo

George Orwell’s 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.

Shake & Stir Theatre Co’s critically-acclaimed, national award-winning production of Animal Farm returns in 2021 to stampede the country.

Touring to theatres across Australia, Animal Farm will play at Dubbo Regional Theatre on Saturday, May 22 at 8 pm.

The production has garnered extensive national acclaim and has collected more than 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, The Courier-Mail announced it as the Best Mainstage Production of the Year.

More than 40 animals are portrayed between the dexterous performers, with each actor morphing physically and vocally in front of the audience as they bring the farmyard inhabitants to visceral life.

“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,” adaptor Nick Skubij said.

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.

“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,” said Mr Skubij.

He said Animal Farm promised to be one of the most shocking, relevant and wickedly funny theatre events of 2021.

‘Pig’ in now to avoid disappointment. Tickets to Animal Farm can be purchased in person at the Box Office, 155 Darling Street or via phone (02) 6801 4378 during business hours, or by visiting the website drtcc.com.au.

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