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.