Clas­sic tale’s dark heart

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - SHOWS -

GE­ORGE Or­well’s clas­sic novel An­i­mal Farm will be brought to life when the multi-award win­ning theatre adap­ta­tion ar­rives on the Gold Coast this week­end.

Pre­sented by Shake & Stir Theatre Com­pany, Nick Sku­bij adapted An­i­mal Farm for stage. Michael Futcher di­rects.

The sto­ry­line fol­lows a group of farm an­i­mals who rebel against their own­ers in search of freedom and equal­ity. To their dis­may, the rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies dis­cover some an­i­mals are more equal than oth­ers.

Guided by a sim­ple set of rules and a re­lent­less re­spect for au­thor­ity, it’s not long be­fore rules that promised freedom be­come the chains that bind the an­i­mals once again.

Or­well’s com­pelling fairy­tale sets out to show how cor­rupt­ing greed and power can be. Orig­i­nally pro­duced in as­so­ci­a­tion with QPAC, the theatre ver­sion of An­i­mal Farm blends a fan­tas­tic dia­logue with ea­ger nar­ra­tion, do­ing jus­tice to Or­well’s dark and of­ten con­fronting text.

An­i­mal Farm plays The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast on Tues­day at 7.30pm and Wed­nes­day at 11am. Tick­ets $26-42. To book, go to thearts­cen­

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