NEAT - Animal Farm
Gastspiel NEAT - New English American Theatre
THURSDAYS @ TAO
English Language Entertainment
by George Orwell
Animal Farm is tragic tale that happened in a mythical barnyard far away but could happen in our own back yard. This fable with a sting by George Orwell, the farsighted British author of the brilliant and frightening 1984, exposes the idealist's dream, converted by realists into a nightmare. This timely allegory features beasts whose prototypes have dominated news headlines for many fearful years. Opening on a note of joyous triumph for the creatures who have emancipated themselves from the cruel mastery of a human owner, but eventually results in a climax of disillusionment in which the other animals discover themselves now subject to the rule of even more ruthless autocrats: the greedy, cunning pigs. Intermingling humor and drama, Animal Farm wrings the emotions of its listeners, leaving audiences shaken with the tale of a tragedy that happened in a mythical barnyard far away but could happen in our own back yard.
Springtime in the Fog is a dramatization of a young doctors struggle following his decision to flee his war-torn country. Seeking temporary sanctuary in Europe, we see how he is affected by the challenges presented by bureaucracy and a hostile socio-political environment. Based on actual reports and personal accounts, we also get an insight into the deteriorating situation back in his own country.
The various facets which surround this divisive topic, including fear of the other, are brought to life by numerous other characters - some who make great change, while others remain stubbornly inflexible.
The play aims to break through media headlines and put a human face on the complexities of conflict and poverty, as well as the condition of being a refugee.
This exciting project is being brought to the stage by an international and culturally diverse cast and crew of experienced theatre players, foreign workers, refugees, artists, musicians and stage combatants from Europe, the USA, North Africa and the Middle East.
Written by the director, Lisa Ritchie herself, the storyline has also benefitted from additional culturally appropriate input and modifications from the cast.