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Animal Farm (Bond) - Full Length Play, Satire/Political Satire

Animal Farm (Bond)

Nelson Bond, George Orwell

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Full Length Play, Satire/Political Satire

5m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573605383

George Orwell's biting satire, adapted by Nelson Bond
Animal Farm is a fable with a sting. Much has been written about the threat of Communism, but it remained to the late George Orwell, farsighted British author of the brilliant and frightening 1984, to expose the Russian experiment for what it really is; an idealist's dream, converted by rea…

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Description

Full Length Play

Satire/Political Satire

Adaptations (Literature), Fables/Folktales, Parody / Spoof

105 Minutes

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Local Celebrity Cameo

Cutting Approved for Competition

Bare Stage/Simple Set

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Animal Farm is a fable with a sting. Much has been written about the threat of Communism, but it remained to the late George Orwell, farsighted British author of the brilliant and frightening 1984, to expose the Russian experiment for what it really is; an idealist's dream, converted by realists into a nightmare. In staged dramatic reading version of this timely allegory you will meet 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, the reading mounts inexorably to 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.

Anmal Farm was first presented at The Showtimers Studio Theatre in Roanoake, Virginia on September 29, 1961.

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CASTING

5m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Role(s) for Asian Actor(s), Role(s) for Black Actor(s), Role(s) for Latino Actor(s), Ensemble cast, Non-Traditional casting, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Flexible casting, Local Celebrity Cameo, Multicultural casting, Room for Extras, Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

No actual props are used in the production of Animal Farm. All physical actions are indicated by the actors through pantomime.

Each of the readers has one principal role with which he is identified, and one or more minor roles. In addition, each reader from time to time serves as a Narrator.

STOOL #1 - Narrator, Jones
STOOL #2 - Snowball, Benjamin
STOOL #3 - Squealer, Moses, Frederick
STOOL #4 - Clover, Cat
STOOL #5 - Boxer, Pilkington
STOOL #6 - Major, Napoleon
STOOL #7 - Mollie, Muriel

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Reviews
Sarah Christiner 10/18/2015 11:27 PM
I had wondered how 'Animal Farm' would be delivered on stage - often having actors portray animals can become inadvertently farcical, this is certainly not what Orwell's story needs!

This adaptation is written to be performed as a dramatic reading, rather than a 'play' per se, each actor reading at least two roles. While this may be more appropriate for a radio staging, I feel it would do well in intimate venues, as a reading. Strong voice actors required, obviously!

The rising tension of the story is captured beautifully, and we are left wistful. Throughout reading this script, while only lighting and music cues are mentioned, I could imagine the use of projections also embellishing the performance - but if read strongly, the script is certainly engaging enough to hold an audience.

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