The revolution is coming as Norwich Theatre Royal hosts Animal Farm this week. But what makes this adaption of the George Orwell classic special? And why should you give this reimagined story of revolution and its aftermath a go?
- Amazing Puppetry
To bring the farm animal characters on stage, the show uses life-size puppets. They are life-like, moving, breathing, squealing and snorting in a way that soon makes you forget that there is human manipulation behind each move. The animals are brought to life by puppetry designer Toby Olié who helped develop War Horse at the National Theatre.
- Epic fight scenes
Designed to keep teenage and young adult members of the audience engaged, the fight scenes with their slow-motion moments and a running death count are more reminiscent of video games than anything you might be used to seeing on stage.
- Moving music
In cinematic style, the music throughout the show provides a dramatic soundtrack to the on-stage action, drawing you in and evoking powerful emotion from the audience.
- Beautiful staging
While the set might be stark, this production of Animal Farm uses effects that play with perspective to convey vast action scenes as well as intense close-ups. All the techniques work together to build the tension as the action intensifies.
- World-class creatives
The show’s concept, design, direction and performance all gel together to create something quite special and no wonder with the world-class creatives behind the show.
Robert Icke directs this production of Animal Farm. His version of 1984 (co-adapted and directed with Duncan Macmillan) was a smash-hit in the West End and on Broadway and designed by four-time Olivier Award winner Bunny Christie.
6. Bring to life a classic text – see the story in a different way
This is a core text on lots of schools’ curriculums, and a renowned political allegory. Suitable for children aged 11 plus, it is a dramatic and modern way to bring the much-loved story to life.
Whilst offering a great educational opportunity, those looking for quality drama are unlikely to be disappointed.
- Buy one get one free
Norwich Theatre, in partnership with the National Lottery, is running a buy one get one free offer on Animal Farm and other selected shows in March. To grab the opportunity to see this must-see show use the code LOVE22.
Animal Farm is at Norwich Theatre Royal from 9 – 12 March. Tickets from £26.50 – £20.50. To book, please get in touch with Norwich Theatre Box Office on 01603 630 000.