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George Orwell’s Animal Farm live on stage

George Orwell’s intensely powerful tale illustrates with stunning clarity and grotesque beauty how greed and power corrupt and, with devastating consequences, can change the course of history.

Now, Shake & Stir Theatre Company’s critically-acclaimed, national award-winning production of Animal Farm will stampede the country in 2021 – and play at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Monday 24 May at 8pm.

The show has garnered extensive Australia-wide acclaim and 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.

In excess of 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’re so thrilled to have the opportunity to revisit this production,” adaptor Nick Skubij said.

“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, while presenting on the surface as a simple, almost childish parable is astounding and now more than ever – its message should be heard.”

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 becomes 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,” Skubij said.

“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.

“I hope this production continues to encourage audiences to question the way we live, our ideals, our aspirations and provokes spirited conversation in the theatre foyers.”

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

Tickets are on sale now at the CPAC Box Office by phone on 4993 4266 or online at www.cessnockperformingartscentre.com.au

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