Westacre Theatre presents satirical tale
George Orwell’s Animal Farm is Westacre Theatre’s next in-house production which poses questions of power and leadership.
Why do leaders, once elevated to a position of authority, abuse their power which is often by changing the rules to suit their own agenda?
So does power inevitably corrupt?
Must some animals always be more equal than others?
Presented in- the-round on the Summer House outdoors stage, this lively version of the satirical tale is very full of vim and verve and follows many memorable adaptations for the stage including for National Theatre, television, film and radio.
When it was written, Orwell’s book was extremely controversial but it was eventually published in 1945 after considerable delays and to the huge critical acclaim and wide recognition that it so rightly deserves. Among many accolades, it is listed in the Top 100 of
Best English Language Novels by Time Magazine and is ranked at No 46 in the Big Read Poll (BBC).
In a 2016 survey, Animal Farm was chosen as the UK’s favourite book from school.
History repeatedly shows us that propaganda from dictatorial regimes can dominate the beliefs of the most enlightened in society.
Orwell aimed his truthfully written parody directly at events leading up to the 1917 Russian Revolution and then through the Stalinist era of the USSR, of which he was exceptionally critical.
With his various animal characters cleverly reflecting the Russian politicians involved, the
ending of his novel so clearly predicts that the best possible relations between the USSR and
the West were destined to unravel as indeed they certainly did for over 40 years of the Cold War and since as well.
Some had suggested Animal Farm would be viewed as no more than a fairy-tale come the
But as we now know all too well, current affairs sadly indicate otherwise on
numerous fronts with a recent example in China taking the decision in 2018 to censor all online posts about the novel.
So this timeless tale at Westacre is very much a play for today.
We can imagine that people have a vision to establish their own Utopia.
While the structure of society can be changed, it is the shortcomings in human nature that will often thwart those best intentions.
The show is under the canvas canopy soaudience are advised to bring a jumper just in case for the second half.
There are six shows from July 7 with tickets at the same price as always.
Visit here to book seats.