Animal Farm is back on stage

The book was written seven decades ago and was an ironic commentary on Stalinism and post-revolutionary dictatorships, with the theme focused on how power can corrupt, and how the formerly oppressed can become the oppressors. To this day, the theme remains topical on a local, regional and global scale.

The classic novella has been adapted by Standard Bank Young Artist, Neil Coppen, who has created a hard-hitting play that will resonate with the South African socio-political situation. The performances were produced by ShakeXperience, a theatre company that specialises in arts education.

“With a recent increase in the number of campaigns with MustFall as the suffix, there is a clear indication that Animal Farm is not only relevant to young people as a prescribed setwork, but is a necessary starting point in the development and nurturing of much-needed dialogue relating to themes such as leadership, democracy, diversity and power, ultimately #MustRise movements,”said Lali Dangazele fromShakeXperience.

The all-female cast has wowed audiences with their performance many times over, scooping up two Naledi Theatre Awards along the way for best production for young audiences and best ensemble.

Now Mpume Mthombeni, Tshego Khutsoane, MoMo Matsunyane, Mandisa Nduana, Khutjo Bakunzi-Green and Zesuliwe Hadebe are back as Napoleon, Snowball, Squealer and company to bring another round of disturbing political satire to our stages – a must-see modern parable for schoolgoers, enhanced by humour, movement, music and visuals.

Animal Farm performances will take place at 9am and noon on weekdays at the following theatres:

  • Now until 18 March at the Soweto Theatre
  • 11 to 15 April at the Joburg Theatre
  • 18 to 22 April at the State Theatre in Pretoria
  • 19 September to 2 October at the Market Theatre.
  • Tickets cost R70.

Details: 011 057 5088; www.shakexperience.com

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