ShakeXperience, in association with the Market Theatre, is staging George Orwell’s inspired allegory novel Animal Farm from August 25 to September 6. The sickening reality of the corruption of power and the disintegration of high ideals is brought home in the unique South African adaptation by Neil Coppen’s award-winning adaptation of the timeless novel.The production, commissioned by ShakeXperience to bring the set-work to theatrical life for high school learners, has been touring the country since 2014 and has been seen by over 8000 pupils in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
In the story, Old Major; a boar, gathers animals of the Manor Farm for a meeting. He tells them of a dream he has had in which all animals live together with no human beings to control them.
When he dies, three younger pigs lead the revolution and formulate his main principles into a philosophy called Animalism, with Seven Commandments. Eventually, the commandments are reduced to a single one “all animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
The production scooped two 2014 Naledi Theatre Awards including best production for young audiences and best ensemble. Given our history, producers acknowledged that the awards are ‘a reminder that this is our time to shape South Africa into our desired future.’
In the play, five actresses spin seamlessly through the various characters immortalised in Orwell’s story, assuming a variety of roles from megalomaniacal pigs to disgruntled farmers.
The award-winning cast includes Mpume Mthombeni and Tshego Khutsoane as Napoleon, Mandisa Nduna as the spin doctor Squealer; Khutjo Bakunzi-Greed as the faithful hard working Boxer, Zesuliwe Hadebe as Clover and MoMo Matsunyane as Snowball.
Tickets are available at Computicket. Inquiries: www.shakexperience.com